Deep play and the flow experience in rock climbing
MacAloon, J.; Csikszentmihalyi, M.
Play, Games and Sports in Cultural Contexts: 361-384
The concept of flow is an attitude with intense, ecstatic qualities which seems to accompany playful activities. The article is based on a survey of rock climbers because rock climbing involves physical danger and no discernible external rewards, and is therefore an outstanding example of a particular class of flow activities. Flow is most likely to be experienced when a person is in a situation where his or her capabilities or skills are about equal to the demands of the situation. The experience of flow is an intrinsic reward which tends to make an activity something a person wishes to engage in for its own sake. The article was previously published in 1977 in Beyond boredom and anxiety by M. Csikszentmihalyi.