The Theory of Flow: An Overview of Flow Research and Impact
The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the literature on Csikzentmihalyi’s theory of “flow.” Its goal is to evaluate various articles encompassing an overview of flow attributes, ways to measure it, and its impact. The paper will investigate flow’s effect on individuals, working people, and nurses. Flow is a beneficial state that has a precise definition. It merits introduction to students and others as a desirable condition to be attained throughout life. This paper is open to other points of view and to detractors of flow theory. It reviews articles that refer to Csikzentmihalyi and to other articles which interview him or one of his mentors. An experience of flow is evidence of improved quality of life.