Drowning or mental immersion

Have you ever started doing an assignment or writing an essay and suddenly find that 5 hours have passed and you didn’t even notice the time passing? Have you ever been busy playing soccer and got so engrossed in it that you don’t notice the things and people around you and play that game to the best of your abilities?

This feeling of being fully aware is what researchers call mental state flow. Drowning theory was invented by ‘Mihai Chik Sant Mahai’ after he became fascinated with artists and their sustained focus in the 1960s.

Research shows that teenagers often experience the most joy, strength and motivation when they are with friends, and the opposite when they are alone.

The activities in which we are most likely to experience drowning are: sports and rhythmic movements, creative arts, socializing, sexual intercourse, reading, listening to music, reading and working and activities such as housework, watching TV and Idleness often prevents drowning and will cause numbness and boredom.

There is also the possibility of addiction to activities that cause drowning, such as: computer games, in such a way that that activity becomes a necessary part of daily work.

Drowning does not happen by accident; Two approaches have been proposed to obtain immersion:

One: Change the environment to facilitate drowning.
Help others find immersion In other words, therapists can help people find immersion, which in turn leads to higher levels of performance and increased positive affect.

Taken from the book Positive Psychology written by Kate Heffern and Ilona Buñuel

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