The New Science of Flow || Orin Davis

October 26, 2023

Today we welcome Orin Davis to the podcast. Orin Davis earned the first doctorate in positive psychology, and is a self-actualization engineer who enables people to do and be their best. As the Principal Investigator of the Quality of Life Laboratory, he conducts research on flow, creativity, hypnosis, and mentoring. Dr. Davis consults for companies from startups to multinationals on hiring strategies, culture, innovation, and employee well-being. He is the author of Team Flow: The psychology of optimal collaboration. 

In this episode, I talk to Orin Davis about the new science of flow. A lot of people are familiar with the concept of flow, but according to Dr. Davis, the experience of it is not very common. We discuss Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s work and how Dr. Davis is expanding the research of flow by studying it at a group level. He talks about how we can increase the chances of experiencing flow for both individuals and teams. We also touch on the topics of microflow, hypnosis, absorption, positive psychology, and self-actualization. 

Website: https://qllab.org/

Twitter: @DrOrinDavis


  • Orin’s dissertation
  • What is the flow experience?
  • Neuroscience of flow
  • Team flow
  • The whole team needs to be in flow
  • Flow is rare
  • How to increase flow
  • Democratizing flow
  • Microflow 
  • How to spark team flow
  • Hypnosis and absorption
  • The autotelic personality
  • Modern-day positive psychology
  • Know thyself 

Sponsor Information

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Unlikely Collaborators. Their mission is to untangle the stories that hold us back—as individuals, communities, nations, and humanity at large. Using the Perception Box lens, they do this through storytelling, experiences, impact, investments and scientific research. Unlikely Collaborators: The Only Way Forward is Inward.

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