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University of Toronto St. George
Dan Dolderman

PSY336- Lecture 5 Flow  “All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be” – Pink Floyd  How we spend our time, we waste our time by watching tv with excuses like we are watching in order to inform ourselves about what is going on in the world (news)  If you track peoples emotions while watching tv there is a spike in positive affect during the first part of when you start watching TV. Slowly the curve goes downwards  Flow is based on moment by moment, what life is what your senses bring to you o Summation of moments in your life o He was interested in people’s peak experiences in the 60s, gathered together peoples narratives when he asked them about their peak experiences. He interviewed all different types of people  From these people he found;  1) People have peak experiences doing virtually anything, it is content independent  2) Vast complexity of people’s ability to interpret peak experiences, large frequency dist to when people have peak experience  3) The inner feeling of it is identical across all different domains  Flow: description of peak experiences and the guide to quality of life  A monk went to a zen master and asked him what is the secret to happiness and he told him it is attention. o The flow state occurs when the persons attention is focused on that one thing o Merging of action and awareness  Attention is a limited resource, and we need structure to help focus our attention  Too much diversity/differentiation, you will never get anything done, you will not be able to build inner structure  If the system is too structured then you become t
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