Using the History of Ideas methodology, and discourse analysis, developments are beginning to form. Self-forgetting appears to involve transient reduction of pre-frontal brain activity as described by Dietrich, and even supported by much anecdotal evidence, such as in the literature and even articles in the popular press that report optimal experiences Reduced self-awareness, and the question of normal need for high self-awareness in our species, seems to involve recent discoveries within social neuroscience and the need for extreme self-consciousness to enable our capacity for very refined levels of social interaction and collaboration. This is very energy-intensive, and thus when it is reduced it can be experienced as relaxing. Reduced self-consciousness seems to be related too to spirituality, and to periods of reduced ego-centricity and focus on expansion of consciousness, and experiences of connection with the wider world, away from the Self.
These theories were presented to the occupational science conference “Appreciating the Everyday” in Cork in December 2013, and is currently being prepared for publication.