“This is the real secret of life– to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” — Alan Wilson Watts

A flow activity is one we do for its own enjoyment because the experience is the main goal…. the flow personality denotes an individual who generally does things for their own enjoyment,in the “here and now”,rather than for some later goal.They also tend to realize that true enjoyment and meaning come from spontaneous feelings by following their own inner direction.

No one is fully in a state of flow, because we all have to do things even if we don’t enjoy them, either out of a sense of duty or necessity. But there is a gradation, ranging from individuals who almost never feel that what they do is worth doing for its own enjoyment, to others who feel that most anything they do is fun and valuable in its own right. It is to these latter individuals the term flow personality applies.

The flow personality have specific traits including an inner curiosity, persistence, low self-centeredness, and a desire of performing activities for intrinsic reasons only.

People with a flow personality tend to have a greater preference for challenging-opportunities and learning skills that stimulate them and encourage growth. It is in such high-challenge and through creative learning skills that people are most likely to enter the flow state.

The flow personality are internally driven, and as such may exhibit a sense of purpose and curiosity. This determination is an exclusive difference from being externally driven, where things such as comfort, money, power, or fame are the motivating force.

A flow personality experience flow in work, in family life, when interacting with people, when eating, even when alone with nothing to do, they are less dependent on the external rewards that keep others motivated to go on with a life composed of dull and meaningless routines. They are more autonomous and independent because they cannot be as easily manipulated with threats or rewards from the outside. At the same time, they are more involved and related with everything around them because they are fully immersed in the flow of life.

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~ Joseph Campbell

One Response

  1. Thankyou for this great insite,and this is something that is really enspiring,and a lot of people should be thankyou for this message.

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