PRR 213 Def and Meanings

PRR 213 Def and Meanings - Skiing and Flow By Connor Grant...

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Connor Grant PRR 213 Definitions and Meanings Skiing and Flow Flow is the state of being between boredom and anxiety. It is an example of leisure as a state of mind. When flow is achieved in an activity, one can become so involved in the activity that nothing else seems to matter. One becomes totally immersed in the activity. High skill level, loss of self consciousness or ego, a high feeling of control, the transformation of time, having the activity be intrinsically rewarding, the need for direct and immediate feedback and challenge are all the components that embody the concept of Flow. The activity itself is the end; there are no expectations or future benefits expected from it. The key is finding a balance between the challenge of the activity and the skills of the individual. The theory of Flow was purposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, a psychologist professor at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California and the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago . According to an article written by Csíkszentmihályi “serious leisure holds great potential for the experience of flow, as the “lost in the moment” experience of flow tends to occur when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable. (Csíkszentmihályi, 1997 pg.30) Serious leisure with its emphasis on “systematic pursuit” and “acquiring special skills and knowledge” provides a great opportunity for the experience of flow. This level of engrossment, according to Csíkszentmihályi, produces its own reward and reinforcement. 2
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Warren Miller’s movie Storm is my example of Flow. This film features some of the best skiers skiing some of the most challenging terrain in the world. Warren Miller is famous around the skiing world for making the best extreme skiing movies. He started making these movies in the parking lot of Sun Valley Ski Resort in 1946 while car
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2008 for the course PRR 213 taught by Professor Chaison during the Fall '06 term at Michigan State University.

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PRR 213 Def and Meanings - Skiing and Flow By Connor Grant...

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