CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Case Sudies, Finding flow: Embracing your worst can bring out your best

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

6-1-2007

Publication Title

Psychotherapy Networker

Volume

31

Issue

3

First Page

67

Last Page

71

Abstract

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.