Flow or Attention deconcentraion is a term used by M.E. Thomas as a way to gain and understand a lot new information in a short amount of time and all at once. The person is fully immerced in the task at hand, and feeling very energized while doing it thus making the task enjoyable for them. Flow was ststed to be completlyy focused motivation. It is a single minded immersion and represents the ultimate exterience in harnessing the emotions.
The concept was named by Mihaly Cisikszentmihalyi and is referedd to in a variety of feilds and has existed through thousands of years under differntt guises.
One of the signs is that the person feels joy and even rapture when performing a task.
Like Hyper-focus the person is very immersed in the action or task that they are perfroming, but unline hyperfocuss, flow is rarley used as a negative term. Hyper-focus could be used as a term to say that the person is spending too much time doing that particular actuvity.
Factors of Flow
- intense and focused concentration on the present moment
- merging of action and awareness
- a loss of reflective self-consciousness
- a sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
- a distortion of temporal experience, one's subjective experience of time is altered
- experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience
These aspects can appear in a deeper sence individual, but only when they are all together they are considered flow.
To achieve flow you must:
1. involded in an activity wthh a clear set of goals and progress
2. Task must have immediate feedback that they can understand
3. Good balacne between skills and difficukty of tasks
In the Book M.E. Thomas also refers this flow to Deconcentration of attention