Flow Psychology: Activities to Induce Flow


"Flow" is the most high performance state of being, wrapping us entirely in the present, and helping us be more creative, productive, and happy. Flow triggers are conditions that facilitate entry into a Flow state.

This article draws heavily from the work of Steven Kotler whom I interviewed recently for the MIND & MACHINE podcast (link).

Psychological Triggers

  1. Intense concentration
  2. Goal clarity
  3. Immediate feedback
  4. Challenge to skills ratio
  5. Creativity

Environmental Triggers

  1. High consequences
  2. Rich environments
  3. Deep embodiment

Social Triggers

  1. Serious concentration
  2. Risk
  3. Sense of control
  4. Close listening


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