Benefits of the Escape Room
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi is a renowned psychologist, also is professor of different philosophical traditions, of American and Hungarian nationality. We associate his name with the room escapes because the story tells that Attila Gyurkovics, the creator of this fabulous idea, had very present the flow theory of the Hungarian-American psychologist, patent in several of his works as Flow, a psychology of happiness. This work is the one that Gyurkovics got inspired by when he created the first escape game, so the theory of flow and escapes room go hand in hand.
We want you to see how the theory of flow and escapes room fit perfectly. For this reason, we briefly describe this theory and then we propose you a small analysis of its adaptation to escapes room. Should we begin?
THE THEORY OF FLOW
The theory of flow is a nearly-philosophical theory about happiness, eudaimonia for the classics. The concept of flow refers to a kind of flowing that pushes us forward, that pushes us into action when we are immersed in a pleasant activity. The flow stimulates our involvement in the activity, which becomes a total implication to achieve an objective, which usually is to finish it successfully.
For this reason, flow theory also is often recognized as the theory of optimum experience. The experience is optimal when we perform an activity that provokes positive sensations and we are totally involved with the task in a constant flow of mental actions and processes that cause satisfaction, which leads to a higher state of happiness during the development of the activity.
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS TO HAVE THE FLOW EXPERIENCE?
The experience of flow occurs when: the task is itself a pleasure, when it has a defined goal and which is known to be achievable, when achieving the goal goes through a process of achievement in an adequate difficulty that cause an immediate satisfaction and, finally, when there are no distractions from outside and we can focus on the activity.
If you read now the three previous paragraphs thinking about what is an escape game, you will see clearly that the theory of flow and escapes rooms perfectly fit, you will see that while you enjoy an escape room game the flow is inevitable! It is an activity that fits perfectly to experience the flow that Mihály Csíkszentmihályi talks about.
THE THEORY OF FLOW AND THE ESCAPES ROOM
PLAYING IN AN ESCAPE ROOM IS A PLEASURE, NOT AN EFFORT!
The escape games are an alternative leisure spaces that have the main objective of having a good time to all the people who dare to play, those who accept the challenge. Therefore, the escape games are in themselves pleasant, whether or not we successfully complete the game.
Be clear at all times that playing in a room escape is a pleasure that is not a effort.
ESCAPES ROOM HAVE A DEFINED AND REACHABLE GOAL
Although the purpose of escape games is to have fun, the goal of the game is to get out of a room you are locked up with your team.
This experience raises a Defined goal that is also achievable because the game has been designed in detail to get it.
LEAVING THE ROOM IS THE LAST STEP OF A PROCESS
Indeed, achieving the goal goes through a process of achievements that cause immediate satisfaction: find a key to open something, find pieces of a puzzle, solve the puzzle, combine objects to obtain a result, etc. We will not be able to get out of the escape room if we can not undo several wrongs first!
It is important to keep in mind that we have several levels to play so that the difficulty fits the group of players and skills or their previous experiences, so it flows much better!
IN AN ESCAPE GAME THERE ARE NO DISTRACTIONS!
Locked in the room we will not have external stimulus that prevent us from focusing our attention on the game and enjoyment of the experience, we will be in the game and for the game.
Achieve an state of high happiness while we experience the flow, is quite easy in an escape room because the whole game is designed in detail to make it so.