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Flow and Neuroscience with Rian Dorris

Flow and Neuroscience with Rian Dorris

Today we dig in with Rian on the FLOW Research Collective and living a healthier lifestyle:

Co-Founder & COO Flow Research Collective. Applied Neuroscience at King’s College London and B.A. Hons in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. Rian has lead research initiatives with Imperial College London, UCLA, and Deloitte. Rian likes surfing, fighting, and building things.

Quote: “The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” — William Gibson



Top 3 Hot Point Takeaways:

  1. Hungarian godfather of FLOW.
  2. The power of transparency and vulnerability.
  3. RISK can trigger optimal performance or FLOW.


Today’s Resource Links from the Podcast:


Our Mentioned Influencers:

Trey Downes of Your Superior Self Podcast

Hungarian-American Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


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Timestamped Show Notes:

00:30 – Introduction

09:30 – Brainwave signature analysis is primarily done currently with psychometric assessments that have been developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the quote-unquote godfather of FLOW research.

20:00 – For folks who have the basics locked in, but maybe don’t have quite the experience, they feel they need to produce certain results or need to get to a certain place. They don’t feel like they’ve got the confidence or the knowledge or the network or whatever it is, it usually is just a result, or the necessity to do so. Those who take more actions over a longer period of time to get to that same result that anyone else could get to if they’re further along.

30:00 – The key point there that we try and make, is that you CAN have it all. It’s just a matter of determining what ALL means for you. Usually, when people colloquially or casually say that phrase, I want to have it all or I want it all, they mean I want everything that I actually care about and value all at once. They don’t mean literally all. They don’t mean literally everything. They don’t want to have six careers at once.

35:00 – Regarding vulnerability, there is kind of radical transparency which is interesting in that people value it enormously. Oftentimes, people will totally forgive you for doing something that they would consider very negative if you were trying to hide it. If you’re transparent about that negative thing, they can accept it more.

40:00 – One of the environmental triggers is RISK. Risk is a very potent flow trigger. That’s why you see a lot of flow and a lot of action adventure sports because they’re high risk drivers. You can pass into flow evolutionarily. We are wired when we’re faced with a risk to instantly drop in to optimal performance or flow.

45:18 – Final Words


Our Final Words of the Show:

This is more relevant to the times we find ourselves in with respect to Corona and the adversity people are facing rather than our work directly, although there are interrelations between peak performance and flow and stoicism, I’m a huge fan of stoic philosophy it’s incredible as Tim Ferriss calls an operating system for life and decision making. There’s a quote that is potentially relevant to a lot of people right now, which is that what obstructs the path becomes the path that I’ve always found incredibly helpful to remember. Another way to put it is that Ryan Holiday uses as one of the titles of his books is the obstacles away. In other words, what it is that we’re facing is the thing that we’re supposed to be facing. So it’s just a matter of learning how to perceive it as positively as possible and then do our absolute best in the face of it.


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About the author, Scott

Host of the LIVETHEFUEL Podcast | Public Speaker | Sales & Marketing Professional | Coach | Traveler | Consultant | Health Educator | Former Firefighter

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