Challenges to the four-channel model of flow: Primary assumption of flow support the moderate challenging control channel

Joseph Lambert, Judith Chapman, Deborah Lurie
  • The Journal of Positive Psychology, September 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2013.809138

Primary assumptions of flow theory support being in 'control'

What is it about?

Want to know more about the process behind what makes experiences so enjoyable. This article examines the theory of flow in relation to the underlying motivation and challenging nature of flow activities, as well as the enjoyment and happiness that ultimately comes from being in control.

Why is it important?

The experience of flow is vitally important in understanding the nature of what makes experiences so enjoyable. However, not all results have been consistent with the primary assumptions of flow theory. This article attempts to shed light on why, and seeks to extend flow theory by discussing the relevance of moderate challenging activities in relation to optimal experiences.

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