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In this discussion we will analyze the theories of flow and anti-flow and their effects on the psyche of the human being in four parts First we will thoroughly define what flow and anti-flow are Second I have conducted two interviews to determine how flow and anti-flow effect the lives of two working professionals The first interview with the human relations director at a local AM talk radio station and the second with a jazz guitar performance graduate from Arizona State University Next I will relay how flow and anti-flow have affected my life during a four day span that I documented in a journal my experiences and how I tried to increase the amount of flow in my life Finally I will discuss the ways in which I can better promote the knowledge I have acquired about flow and anti-flow towards my futureTo understand what flow and anti-flow are we need to take a look at the writings of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi His interest in the subject began while observing art students at the University of Chicago 93 Russell He wondered why these students could find so much interest in a field that virtually had no chance of providing serious income or induction into the upper echelon of society He realized that these students were spending time doing something that they really wanted to do He understood that these activities brought these people an inner peace that allowed them to concentrate on nothing else except the task at hand In doing so they experienced something known as flow As he defines it Flow is a word used to describe a state of being in which you become so involved in some activity or thing that nothing else seems to matterYou do it for the sheer pleasure 93 Russell When an individual is performing a task that produces flow time seems to pass like a breath of air Many musicians artist and inventors experience this feeling
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