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Milhaly Csikszentmihalyi

Born: September 29, 1934 in Fiume, Italy (Now Croatia)
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Professor Csikszentmihalyi 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.

Biography: Professor Csikszentmihalyi is the director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC) at Claremont Graduate University in California.. The QLRC is a non-profit research institute that studies 'positive psychology'; that is, human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility.


Milhaly Csikszentmihalyi on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Flow :
ISBN: 0060920432 OCLC: 20392741

Harper & Row, New York : ©1990.

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

Talented teenagers :
ISBN: 0521574633 OCLC: 36510343

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [England] ; 1997.

The evolving self :
ISBN: 0060921927 OCLC: 28510231

HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY : ©1993.

"In the bestselling Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi introduced a radical new theory of happiness. Through years of systematic research, he discovered that what makes people truly satisfied is to be actively involved in a difficult enterprise - a task that stretches physical or mental abilities. Whether it involves climbing a mountain, reading, or solving a complicated business problem, such activities lead to flow, a rare state of consciousness that focuses the energies of those who experience it and helps lift them above everyday anxieties." "Flow concluded with a vision of transforming life into a unified flow experience, and it is both that possibility and the development of the necessary faith that underlies it that are the subject of its sequel, The Evolving Self. But where, Csikszentmihalyi asks, do we find such faith at the twilight of the second millennium, when traditional religions have lost much of their force and relevance, when the prospects of genetic engineering and atomic annihilation present us with profound moral dilemmas? The answer, he believes, is in evolution, for only by understanding our evolutionary heritage - the genetic and cultural forces that have formed us - can we overcome it and achieve "the good life" by giving purpose and order to our futures."