Rare moments of extreme happiness and fulfilment that are accompanied by loss of fears, inhibitions, and insecurities. Peak experiences occur during optimal performances and are marked by a heightened sense of awareness. Athletes generally report the experience as temporary, unique, and beyond their own control. However, when it does happen, it stands apart from normal happenings and experiences. The physiological basis of the experience has not been fully analysed, although it may be associated with increased levels of endorphins in the brain. See also flow, runner's high.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.