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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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CSIKSZENTMIHALYI AND THE CONCEPT OF FLOW

Flow, or “being in the zone,” is the intense psychological experience of being fully immersed in an activity. According to Csikszentmihalyi (1990), flow is a transcendent experience of everyday life. It is best understood as the experience of being so caught up in an activity that time becomes irrelevant. Flow-inducing activities tend to be structured, to provide a balance of challenges and skills, to offer clear goals and immediate feedback, to provide a sense of control, and to produce complete concentration and loss of awareness of oneself. People report an intrinsic motivation for participating in flow activities as well as heightened levels of well-being following engagement with the activity (Csikszentmihalyi, ...

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