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A psychological state of extreme well-being which is sometimes experienced during the performance of an activity. A person experiencing flow has a feeling of great pleasure and satisfaction with his or her actual performance. The subjective experience of doing the performance is the primary reward rather than the outcome. Flow is similar to peak performance, but tends to be more voluntary in nature. Flow is thought to occur when there is a perfect balance between the demands of a task and the skill an athlete possesses.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.


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