Cheerful people are very common. And the unfortunate ones too. Why are there so few happy ones? This question was answered by the popular psychologist Mihai Csikszentmihalyi.
Scientists have been thinking about the nature of human happiness even in the most distant antiquity. The famous philosopher and psychologist Aristotle, who lived in Ancient Greece more than two thousand years ago, studied this topic, and set out his considerations in treatises and teachings. Modern luminaries from science in the past fifty years have thrown their theories and conclusions on display to the intellectual public. Among the leading experts is the psychologist and popularizer of scientific knowledge Mihai Csikszentmihalyi.
The author of numerous works on subjective well-being was born on September 29, 1934 in the family of a Hungarian diplomat. At that time, the parents lived in the territory under the jurisdiction of Italy. The child grew up in a supportive environment. Mihai ate quality food. From an early age, a tutor taught him. The boy did well at school. From an early age, he was interested in the topic of relationships between people. He read a lot on this topic and decided to get an appropriate education.
Happiness in the "stream"
After graduating from school, Mihai did not find a suitable educational institution in Europe. At the family council, they decided to send the young man to study in the United States. The future psychologist chose a famous university in Chicago for himself. He successfully completed the training course and stayed here to make a career. Csikszentmihalyi persistently and purposefully researched the chosen field of psychology. Conducted long-term observation and testing. He was interested in how people of the same age and different social status live.
Csikszentmihalyi approached the disclosure of any topic in a complex manner. When a person is overcome by anxiety, it is important not only to relieve the symptoms of the borderline state, but also to identify internal and external stimuli. After the publication of the book Being a Teenager, the scientist was literally inundated with positive and negative reviews. The next work "Become an adult" turned out to be more constructive. Readers expressed their gratitude to the author to a greater extent. The author presented his main idea to the reader's court in the book “Stream. The Psychology of Optimal Experience”.
Essays on personal life
In the biography of Mihai Cheksentmihalyi, most of his achievements and awards are noted. This is the law of the genre. Little is known about the personal life of the cult psychologist. The psychologist and writer have been married for many years. The husband and wife raised and raised two sons. It is important to note that Isabella, that is the name of her spouse, not only prepares scrambled eggs for him in the morning and washes his socks. She is a professional editor and proofreader of all manuscripts preparing for submission to the printing house.
Sons Mark and Christopher take part in various stages of field research. The father is attentive to the comments and wishes of his offspring. In the house of the venerable psychologist, an atmosphere of love and mutual respect reigns.