Son of a career diplomat at the Hungarian Consulate in Fiume, Italy (now Rijeka, Croatia), award-winning Hungarian American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi emigrated to the United States from Budapest at the age of 22. After receiving a doctorate from the University of Chicago, he became professor of psychology there, and later head of the department. Csikszentmihalyi is one of the foremost empirical researchers of happiness, optimal experiences and creativity, and is best known for being first to name and explain the psychological concept of flow.
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