Finding the balance between challenge and skill

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Finding the balance between challenge and skill

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Flow experiences usually start when a person is confronted by a challenge that they can manage. So when challenges and your skills are in more or less in balance that’s when people enter this flow state. If there’s too much challenge, you feel worried, anxious. If there’s too little challenge, you feel bored and out of it. For instance, children in school most of the time in science and math feel anxious – the challenge is too high and most of the other subjects, they feel bored, because they feel the challenge is too low. And it’s hard to bring the two together, but when they are together, that’s when flow happens.
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD

Psychologist & Researcher

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was born in Italy of Hungarian parents. He came to the United States at age 22, became a psychologist, taught at the University of Chicago for 30 years and was Chairman of the Department of Psychology. Since 1999 he has been a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Of the 13 books he wrote or co-authored, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is the best known; it has been translated in 29 languages. He and his wife Isabella spend the summers in Montana, where the rest of the family comes to visit and hike in the mountains.

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