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by Maria Popova On the osmosis of willful intention and flow. After last year’s omnibus of 5 timeless books on fear and the creative process , a number of readers rightfully suggested an addition: Lewis Hyde’ s 1979 classic, The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World , of which David Foster Wallace famously said, “No one who is invested in any kind of art can read The Gift and remain unchanged.” One particular quote seems to resonate deeply with those of us who work in the loosely defined creative field. Work is what we do by the hour.
Csikszentmihalyi in 2010 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ( pron.: / ˈ m iː h aɪ ˌ tʃ iː k s ɛ n t m ə ˈ h aɪ . iː / MEE -hy CHEEK -sent-mə- HY -ee ; Hungarian : Csíkszentmihályi Mihály [ˈtʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj] ; born September 29, 1934, in Fiume , Italy – now Rijeka, Croatia ) is a Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. Now at Claremont Graduate University , he is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College . He is noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity , but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic.
Concentrating upon a task is one aspect of flow. Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi , the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields. [ 1 ] According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation . It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning .