Flow state and human performance in action sports examined in new book “The Rise of Superman”

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“The Rise of Superman” is a book by Steven Kotler, slated for release on March 4, 2014. The book explores a phenomenon called the flow state, a human condition in which, according to a blog post by Kotler, “action and awareness merge, self vanishes, time slows down, and major aspects of physical and mental performance skyrocket.” The human condition is found in action sports athletes, including featured skiers JT Holmes, Shane McConkey, and Bobby Brown, who push the limits of human performance. Kotler goes on to explain that, “this is exactly what we’re seeing with today’s extreme athletes. Surfing hundred foot waves, back-flipping off hundred foot cliffs, shredding 60 degree steep spine lines — these are all mind-blowing examples of paradigm shifts in human possibility.”

After exploring the human condition, “The Rise of Superman” examines, using the professional athletes as a case study, how the flow state can be tapped into by every person from any walk of life, in order to live a more enjoyable, productive life. Watch the trailer for the book above, and be on the lookout for “The Rise of Superman” this coming March, and for all social updates regarding the book, be sure to follow @riseofsuperman on Twitter.