I just finished reading a guidebook called "Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior."
The last chapter describes the creation of art as a flow experience, a psychological state in which people are fully immersed in an activity.
When people are in flow, they're so absorbed in what they are doing that they lose consciousness of themselves. People may create art because it allows them to enter such a pleasurable state -- a state of flow.
Many people may report being in flow when they do one or more of these things:
- Connecting with nature
- Having sex
- Watching movies, people, or pornography
- Playing video games
- Conversing with a friend or love interest
I'm always in flow when reading or writing something about which I'm passionate. Whether I'm writing about psychology or history, I become deeply engrossed in the subject matter, and before I know it, an hour or two have passed.
In short, to be in flow is to be captivated -- enthralled, engaged, entranced.
Do you ever find yourself in flow? If so, what is it you do to arrive at such a state?