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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

1934 - 2021

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Mihaly Robert Csikszentmihalyi ( MEE-hy CHEEK-sent-mee-HAH-yee, Hungarian: Csíkszentmihályi Mihály Róbert, pronounced [ˈt͡ʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj] ; 29 September 1934 – 20 October 2021) was a Hungarian-American psychologist. He recognized and named the psychological concept of "flow", a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity. He was the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has received more than 2,985,412 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the 60th most popular psychologist (up from 74th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Croatia (up from 32nd in 2019) and the most popular Croatian Psychologist.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is most famous for his work in the field of psychology, specifically in the study of happiness. He is most well-known for his theory of flow, which he defines as a state of total absorption in an activity.

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Among psychologists, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ranks 60 out of 183Before him are Alexander Luria, Wolfgang Köhler, Martin Seligman, Sándor Ferenczi, Leon Festinger, and Roger Wolcott Sperry. After him are Edward C. Tolman, Pierre Janet, Margaret Mahler, Timothy Leary, Ernst Kretschmer, and Frederick Herzberg.

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Among people born in 1934, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ranks 45Before him are Alan Arkin, Bill Bixby, Jacques Anquetil, John L. Hall, Diana Wynne Jones, and Niklaus Wirth. After him are Lansana Conté, John Surtees, Wole Soyinka, Louise Fletcher, Jonas Savimbi, and Jan Švankmajer. Among people deceased in 2021, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ranks 53Before him are Jean-Luc Nancy, Vicente Fernández, Phil Spector, Hissène Habré, Abdelkader Bensalah, and Isamu Akasaki. After him are Edita Gruberová, Larry Flynt, Manuel Santana, George Jung, E. O. Wilson, and Idriss Déby.

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Among people born in Croatia, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ranks 24 out of 589Before him are Franz von Suppé (1819), Aloysius Stepinac (1898), Leopold Ružička (1887), Crispus (305), Joanna II of Naples (1373), and Margaret of Hungary (1242). After him are Rade Šerbedžija (1946), Tomislav of Croatia (null), Ivan Ribar (1881), Alida Valli (1921), Stjepan Radić (1871), and Omar Pasha (1806).


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