Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


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in Rijeka, Croatia
September 29, 1934

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A Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. Now at Claremont Graduate University, he is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College.

He is noted for both his work in the study of happiness and creativity and also for his notoriously difficult name, in terms of pronunciation for non-native speakers of the Hungarian language, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic. He is the author of many books and over 120 articles or book chapters. Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, described Csi
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Flow: The Psychology of Opt...

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Creativity: Flow and the Ps...

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Finding Flow: The Psycholog...

3.96 avg rating — 3,376 ratings — published 1995 — 21 editions
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Good Business: Leadership, ...

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The Evolving Self: A Psycho...

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Flow: Living at the Peak of...

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The Meaning of Things: Dome...

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Beyond Boredom and Anxiety:...

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Optimal Experience: Psychol...

4.13 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1988 — 5 editions
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“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

“To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

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