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Peak experiences in the flow
February 11, 2013
Hello,

For these few months, I am expanding on the twelve warning signs of Emotional Health that I listed in the 21st January newsletter.

These are the first three and today I am looking at number three

  1. Persistent presence of support networks
  2. Chronic positive expectations; tendency to frame events in a constructive light
  3. Episodic peak experiences

This requires, but just as a necessary condition that we are curious and open and present. For if you are, then you can fully engage in what is NOW and when you are least expecting it, realise that something is happening.

Are episodic peak experiences the same as being in the flow? I would say yes. According to Csikszentmihalyi, (yes he first used this term) flow represents the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing a task. It can be pure joy. But also, such a deep focus on the activity – that there is nothing else.

Of course you cannot go searching for flow. It just happens when you least expect it.

best wishes
Andrew

Andrew Richardson
Feelbetter Counselling East London

94 Malford Grove, London E18 2DQ

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