Pisces – Emotional – Knees: FLOW

Csikszentmihalyi focuses in his work entitled Learning to Flow (1998) on three integrated focal points: the first one refers to the fact that it is illusory to think that the important aspects for our survival are absolute truths, considering that the contributions have been produced in conceptual frameworks under determined historical contexts and reinterpreted by different generations; The second is that modern science provides information and knowledge with high relevance for humanity, although as we already know, these contributions may be discarded in the future for epistemological and methodological reasons; the third point approaches to understand the meaning of «living» taking into account all the contributions that science as a company is accumulating under a highly reflective and eclectic process. It should be said that the author conceives living as the harmonic experimentation between doing, thinking and feeling, establishing the interrelation of the cognitive-emotional system.

This leads us to the study of everyday existence, social relationships, quality of life, work and its possible paradox, leisure (passive and active), as well as its relationship with the growth as a person through its impact on the flow. The new experiences, the love of destiny, achieving with it, a contribution to the theory of personality by specifying characteristics of the autotelic person, those who perform activities for themselves instead of doing it for external objectives, and who execute their actions because they feel that most of the issues are valid by the simple fact of reasoning them as challenges, to help themselves, with their personal capabilities, to face in this way a state of fluidity.

The author proposes very specific conditions to achieve flow in activities, which succinctly are: deep concentration, balance between goals, challenges and capabilities, feelings of control, and satisfaction.

I invite everyone to read Matias’ post with the topic of the day.

Finally, I encourage everyone to reflect on the concept of the day. No one else but us can re-signify our own being

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