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The Flow State

Published on Nov 18, 2015

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The Flow State

10 Core Characteristics

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi identified, and research validates, that there are 10 core components that define a flow state. The more items present, the stronger the flow state.

New information on the flow state. These principles may be helpful for inspiring UX, product design, features, and overall experience.
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1. Clear goals

Discernable expectations and rules

2. Concentration

Limited field of attention
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3. Loss of self-consciousness

Merging of action and awareness

4. Distorted sense of time

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5. Immediate feedback

So behavior can be adjusted as needed

6. Balance between ability level and challenge

Neither too easy nor too difficult
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7. Control

Sense of personal control over the situation

8. Intrinsic reward

Action becomes effortless
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9. Lack of awareness

of bodily needs
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10. Absorption

Narrowing of awareness down to activity itself
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more Resources

  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
  • Flow: The Secret to Happiness (Ted Talk)
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