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Relationships Between Religious Orientations and Flow Experiences: An Exploratory Study

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A convenience sample of 171 students (M = 23.9 yrs., SD = 6.91) answered a questionnaire indicating their religious orientations (Intrinsic, Extrinsic) and the frequency and intensity of their flow experiences (Csikszentmihalyi, 1975, 1982, 2000; Fave & Massimini, 1988). Flow experiences are similar to athletes' experiences of "being in the zone." Intrinsics live by their religion, and Intrinsic religiosity was associated with fewer flow experiences in everyday activities.

Extrinsics want the benefits of belonging. Extrinsic religiosity correlated with less intense flow experiences, and these experiences were more frequent during public religious gatherings than private prayer or meditation.

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Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197, USA


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