Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is known for doing what he believes is important, not what is easy or what others think is important, and for never leting the lack of knowledge, or of support, keep him from doing what he wants to do. He was born in 1934 in Fiume, Italy (now Rijeka, Croatia), to Hungarian parents. As a child in World War II he realized that unless people took seriously their responsibility to make the world a better place to live in, the law of entropy would inevitably result in a steady deterioration of the human condition. Looking for a domain of knowledge that could help in this regard, he finally decided that the study of Psychology might provide an answer.
He left Italy in 1956 to continue his studies in the United States arriving there with a total of $1.25 and no other financial resources. During the first five years at the university, he worked full-time at night as a hotel receptionist and cashier. He received a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1965. During the subsequent five years he taught at Lake Forest, he developed the basic model of the Flow Experience.
During the next 30 years he wrote several books (Flow has been translated into 28 languages), and over 200 articles in refereed journals.
After a fortuitous meeting with Martin Seligman, just then elected as President of the American Psychological Association, the two decided to start a new scholarly perspective they called Positive Psychology. This resulted in the formation of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), which in 2013 held its 3rd World Congress, attracting over 1500 psychologists from 60 countries.