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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Milhaly Csikszentmihalyi  

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Born: September 29, 1934 in Fiume, Italy (Now Croatia)

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Illinois Connection

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.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
ISBN: 0060920432

Harper Perennial. 1991

For more than two decades the author has been studying states of "optimal experience" -- those times when people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. These investigations have revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow -- a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorption in an activity.

Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure (Cambridge Studies in Social & Emotional Development)
ISBN: 0521574633

Cambridge University Press. 1996

Talented Teenagers is a fascinating and absorbing examination of what makes adolescents tick: what roles personality traits, family interactions, education, and the social environment play in a young person's motivation to develop his or her talent. Vivid descriptions in the students' own words bring the material to life. Parents, teachers, psychologists, and counselors will find in these pages concrete information abou the conditions that foster the cultivation of mental abilities in adolescence, for both the gifted and the average student.

The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium
ISBN: 0060921927

Harper Perennial. 1994

The author of the bestselling Flow (more than 125,000 copies sold) offers an intelligent, inspiring guide to life in the future.


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