Why isn’t flow flowing? Metatheoretical issues in explanations of flow.

FARROKH, David, STONE, Joseph, DAVIDS, Keith, STRAFFORD, Ben and RUMBOLD, James (2024). Why isn’t flow flowing? Metatheoretical issues in explanations of flow. Theory and Psychology, 34 (2), 257-276.

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A flow state describes intrinsically rewarding experiences of complete absorption in a task. While descriptive accounts of flow have gained prominence in “popular” psychology, scientific research has reached a crisis point due to perceived limitations of current theoretical explanations for the experience. Here, we evaluate key metatheoretical frameworks underpinning previous explanations of flow and situate the need for reconsidering the ontological status of flow experiences and the causal entailments that might be needed to explain them. We consider the possibility that the subject–object dualism implied, and the organismic asymmetry apparent in prevalent metatheoretical frameworks, may create intractable problems for explanations of flow. Finally, the suitability of the ecological metatheory and eco-physical variables for explaining flow experiences is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/095935432412374
Page Range: 257-276
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 11:41
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 11:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33450

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