These volumes bring together a valuable collection of work from four decades of writing by one accomplished and influential scholar, who has academic foundations in psychology and wide ranging experience and collaborations, crossing into a number of other disciplines. Through these volumes the important themes and discoveries in Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's work emerge, including studies of creativity, cultural evolution, play and adolescent development. These are big issues of our time and through this series we are able to trace the origins and development of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's work. Readers will discover what inspired his perspective and led to his fresh insights on some of the mysteries of human existence, as well as discovering the insights themselves.
This series will appeal to scholars in psychology, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience and management studies as the work crosses disciplines and is of broad scholarly significance.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best-known for his theory on FLOW and author of the ground breaking classic work Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
A Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. Now at Claremont Graduate University, he 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. He is noted for both his work in the study of happiness and creativity and also for his notoriously difficult name, in terms of pronunciation for non-native speakers of the Hungarian language, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic. He is the author of many books and over 120 articles or book chapters. Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, described Csikszentmihalyi as the world's leading researcher on positive psychology. Csikszentmihalyi once said "Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason." His works are influential and are widely cited.