Wind up bird chronicle flow analysis

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        Flow is a fundamental underlying theme found throughout the novel “Wind-up Bird Chronicle”. To understand flow however, we must first learn what it means. Flow is defined “the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, complete involvement, and success in the process of the activity” (Wiki). This positive psychology concept was originally brought forward by a Hungarian psychology professor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who claimed it was the state of mental being in which all focused energy is concentrated onto a certain task. From this, we can derive that flow is the definitive exploiting of the emotions in both performance and learning. In the flow however, emotions are not just contained and channelled, but also positively energized and associated with the task at hand. The opposite can be said when one disrupts the flow as it will result in one facing the culmination of depression or the disturbance of anxiety.

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        In Asian culture however, flow is also referred to as the path life will carry you on. In essence, it means that even when flow seems to take you higher or lower, you must go with it. Occasionally, there may not be any flow at all and you’re not meant to go anywhere. The important point is, go wherever flow may lead you. In the event that it becomes obstructed, or if one tries to go against the flow, dire consequences can follow. As you can see on page 51 about halfway down, Mr. Honda tells Toru Okada “It’s not ...

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