After one of my lectures I got stopped by one of the students in the class who said he thought that this PDF document would help me in my research.
The document was called FLOW: the psychology of Optimal Experience. It was written by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Harper and Row in 1990.
The document started with a quote that got me hooked straight away. “More than anything else, men and women seek happiness” the quote was by Aristotle. Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist.
In a nut shell the paper discusses the meaning of FLOW. It suggests that the Flow feeling is a state of mind that you fall into when you experience the phenomenology of enjoyment.
It also suggests that there is eight components to this.
1. We confront tasks we have a chance of completing;
2. We must be able to concentrate on what we are doing;
3. The task has clear goals;
4. The task provides immediate feedback;
5. One acts with deep, but effortless involvement, that removes from awareness the worries and frustrations of everyday life;
6. One exercises a sense of control over their actions;
7. Concern for the self disappears, yet, paradoxically the sense of self emerges stronger after the flow experience is over; and
8. The sense of duration of time is altered.
It is said that the mixture of these rudiments causes a sense of deep enjoyment. Is this what we go through when we have that euphoric moment when we listen to music.