The impact of numbers on insight

The big insight Csikszentmihalyi and Bennet figured out in 1975 with their study of flow wasn’t necessarily the description of any one individual’s experience as much as it was in the sheer number of data points. With over 175 interviews, patterns started to emerge....

The Focus of the Challenge

In 1975 Csikszentmihalyi and Bennet set out to craft a model to gain insight into that seemingly magical space of being in the zone. From professional chess players to mountain climbers, they recognized a similar theme. Person after person mentioned being able to slip...

Explorations on the Meaning of Well-Being

In 1989 University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologist Carol Ryff undertook the previously unattempted theoretical challenge of defining the dimensions of psychological well-being. Her resulting publication, “Happiness Is Everything, Or Is It? Explorations on the...

Play and Flow

In 1971, Csikszentmihalyi and Bennet proposed a conceptual model for play. The model theorized that play is fun when your skill in the game is matched with the challenge of the game. The result is that you can act without thinking, propelled from moment to moment by a...
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