Thinking about flow
focused and intense concentration in free play or work that is so satisfying that you forget yourself. The activity gives you rewarding feedback; you feel the potential to succeed and you are so engrossed in the experience that other needs are secondary.
I know someone who seems to feel this way engaging with YouTube and ABC I-view videos on his computer.
Except that he can’t get out of this state by himself. He needs persuasion or controls on his computer to take him out of it.
What he is experiencing at his computer is Flow’s engaging twin, Hyperfocus, the ability to zero in intensely on an interesting project or activity for hours at a time. People who experience hyperfocus often become so engrossed they block out the world around them. Children and adults with ADHD often exhibit hyperfocus when working intently on things that interest them…hours drift by as important tasks and relationships fall by the wayside.
Once Julian is coaxed away from his computer, he will make himself open to other activities and with a fellow artist creating the right environment with music, canvass and paint, he can dip into flow.