Case Sudies, Finding flow: Embracing your worst can bring out your best
Department of Family Therapy
As a psychotherapist specializing in hypnosis, Flemons works at times with elite performers--people who've spent long years learning and honing a skill that they can carry out with precision and grace. Except when they can't. Except when, with their mind and body out of sync, they lose concentration, coordination, and confidence. Finding flow involves the blurring of the consciousness-carved division between observing and doing, and this can only begin when, instead of maligning what one considers irrational symptoms of anxiety, one starts aligning with what one recognizes as embodied ways of thinking. Such mind-body synchrony allows one's performing, whether in sports, lecturing, or the expressive arts, to feel nonvolitionally free--timeless, effortless, integrated.
Flemons, Douglas G., "Case Sudies, Finding flow: Embracing your worst can bring out your best" (2007). CAHSS Faculty Articles. 21.