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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Have you ever been in a 'state of flow' while doing an activity?

Yes, I had while I was doing my website design, business cards design, listening music, sending shipping quotations to customers and doing sales and marketing plans for my logistics business.

I think when I'm going to do something that I love than I'm in a state of flow. For example,when I play tennis

What does "state of flow" mean? Can you explain for me?

Hello tunguyenprnt

That is what the professor describes in the sixth paragraph. A 'state' is what our mind or heart (when 'heart' refers to our whole being) is like at a particular time. The idea here is that when we are very concentrated and creative with something at the same time, we are in such a state.

If you do an internet search for 'Csikszentmihalyi state of flow', I'm sure you will see many other explanations of this idea.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,

Thank you for your very great explanation and noted all very well :)

Best Regards

I love dancing, singing and listening to music. I could spend my entire life doing just that. Yes it does make me happy.

The state of flow is an intense state of concentration on what we do and I experience it when i write poetry or when I am painting but also when I medite. All these are strange experiences where life appear us more full, intense,deep and I enjoy this!
Best to you

agree , I think i've been in a state of flow , I really interested
in this subject , thanks

It is so interested

When I swim I feel this state