Thursday, October 30, 2008

Definition of flow-wolf

Csikszentmihalyi talks about the "autotelic personality" which allows those individuals lucky enough to possess it, to "transform ordinary experience into flow."

I think that defines the flow-wolf ..... even if not all of us are necessarily good at it.

All this talk about Maslow and Nietzsche is to better understand WHY we would want to be striving for flow? Perhaps more specifically, why we don't stop when we attain a simple flow experience associated with the low-levels of Maslow's hierarchy.

Why must we push our selves to achieve more complex flow experiences .... instead of being satisfied with the simple pleasures of life? What's the driver? Why the need to succeed? Why the will to power?

Where's the off button?