Achieving Flow: An Exploratory Investigation of Elite College Athletes and Musicians

Abstract

While studies on the characteristics of flow states and their relation to peak performance exist, little is known about the dynamics by which flow states emerge and develop over time. The current paper qualitatively explores the necessary pre-conditions to enter flow, and the development of flow over time until its termination. Using an elicitation interview, participants were asked to recall their flow experiences in sports or music performances. The analysis resulted in the identification of the following three phases that athletes and musicians experience during flow: Preparation to enter flow; Entry into the flow state and; Exit from the flow state. These three phases are characterized by several sub-themes contributing to the experience of flow. The function of emotions is crucial, as they play a core role across all three phases and regulate flow over time. The findings provide insights into the phenomenological characteristics of the transition and maintenance of the three proposed phases and the temporal dynamics of flow.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,805

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2022-04-09

Downloads
1 (#1,559,870)

6 months
1 (#386,499)

Historical graph of downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Elite Sport: Reification, Instrumentalization and Dignity.Philippe Sarremejane - 2015 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 9 (3):324-340.
David Foster Wallace on Dumb Jocks and Athletic Genius.James Wilberding - 2017 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 44 (1):108-122.
Relationships Between Religious Orientations and Flow Experiences: An Exploratory Study.Scott R. Brown & Alida S. Westman - 2008 - Archive for the Psychology of Religion / Archiv für Religionspychologie 30 (1):235-240.
Sport as a Moral Practice: An Aristotelian Approach: Michael W. Austin.Michael W. Austin - 2013 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 73:29-43.