Our understanding of Flow States is the product of the great minds that have done and continue to do the research and the practice that push forward the frontier of knowledge.


Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi condenses years of clinical and anecdotal research in the landmark book that introduced Flow to the world.

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

By Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler’s exploration of extreme athletes teaches us how to recognize the limits of our potential — and how to break through those perceived limits.

Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence

By Gary Mack

Sports psychology consultant Gary Mack breaks down and explains “the zone” in this groundbreaking book. Your mental muscles will never be stronger.

The Inner Game of Tennis

By Timothy Gallwey

Tennis coach Timothy Gallwey changed how the game is understood and played — through Flow. Gallwey will change your life as well.

A Theory of Human Motivation

By Abraham Maslow

Csikszentmihalyi leaned heavily on Maslow’s “peak experiences” when coining “Flow States.” This book offers insight into the evolution of the concept.

Stealing Fire

By Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

The authors investigate to decode and understand the psychology, neurobiology, and technology of peak experiences.



The Science of Peak Human Performance

Flow isn’t a mystical state attainable only by a chosen few. There are steps leading there. Fortunately, we know the science behind it.

College Info Geek

The Flow State: How to Enter Your Brain’s Most Productive State

Research shows that being focused on your work not only creates better work, it also makes you feel better about yourself.


How to Reach Flow State

The Flow State “triggers” are prompts that set you off the path of complete absorption in an activity. With a few simple steps, you can walk there.

Positive Psychology

8 Ways to Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

After hundreds of interviews, Csikszentmihalyi realized there are ways to invite Flow into your life. Here are his top eight.


Ted Talk: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (2004)

In this famous TED Talk, the Hungarian-American psychologist explores the decades of research that led to the development of Flow States.

How to Enter a Flow State with Ease

Ease comes with practice. Steven Kotler explains how to make Flow a regular part of every day.

Losing Yourself in Flow State

Diane Allen can sure play the violin. She attributes the mastery of this instrument to her ability to enter Flow.


Uncovering Peak Performances and Maximizing Human Potential

Dr. Michael Gervais discusses how to maximize your potential through Flow States. Your vocation is secondary. What matters is your dedication.

Accessing Flow States with Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler offers a deep dive into the neuroscience and practical applications of Flow. It’s not about what you do; it’s how you do it.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - The Greatest Unanswered Question in Psychology Today

The Hungarian-American psychologist reflects on the importance of Flow after nearly a half-century of research on this fascinating topic.

Habit Tune-Up: Easing into Time Blocks, Planning Big Goals, and the Story of How I Sold My First Book

Cal Newport taught us all about “deep work.” He knows that ability to focus your mind is key to entering Flow States.

Jamie Wheal talks about getting into a Flow State

Jamie Wheal is a leading expert on the neurophysiology of human performance. He explains the secret to mastery is Flow.

Unlock superhuman performance by achieving flow states

Kerwin Rae discusses how to expand your mind's capacity for productivity and creativity with Steven Kotler.

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