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Mihaly Csikszentmihaly has written a book called FLOW – the PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE.  

The areas on the lower left are where people tend to spend too much time, bored and apathetic. 

 The way out of these regions of experience is visualized as one of two approaches: 

1)  take up something you don’t know and become excited about it and thus ‘arousal’  on the chart , or

2) achieve mastery of something you do know and achieve ‘ control’  on the chart ,

i.e. up either the left side or the right side of the diagram, with FLOW being the ultimate goal.

quoting from Ellen Ullman’s Close to the Machine, “still the best book I know about the psychology of nerding:” “My computers are not broken, but at times like these I like the look of delicate circuit boards open to the naked air.