“Flow” and Three Other Energy States &... When your car is in the wrong gear, it lets you know. It may stall, whine, accelerate slowly, overheat. It may even take you in the wrong direction—reverse, say, instead of forward. When you realize the problem and shift to the appropriate gear, your car performs as it should—or you head for a mechanic. When you are operating in an inappropriate energy state, you may find it harder to recognize the signs. You may...