Athletes, artists, dancers or musicians perform disciplines which are exciting and meaningful for them. They use very similar terms to describe the sensations lived while executing such activities. These similarities in depicting their personal experiences suggest the existence of a common psychological state, which drives people to give their best and to improve over time.
Also climbers can live such “flow” experience, a state of mental wellbeing which improves the physical performance. When undergoing this condition they feel able to take on a difficult challenge, like a rock face or a boulder. The sensation of having the skills to achieve an aim is then a source of wellbeing and engagement. You set a goal just as an excuse to experience that state again: it’s the difference between climbing to reach the top and reaching the top to climb.
A group of researchers of Università degli Studi di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca is studying this experience in order to define its characteristics. They will be at Melloblocco to understand how climbing and bouldering can be a way to live this experience.
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