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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

(b. 1934– )

Italian-born* U.S. psychology professor, writer, and architect of the concept of “flow”

(*born in Fiume, Italy—now Croatia)

“When it comes to learning to control the body and its experiences, we are as children compared to the great Eastern civilizations. In many respects, what the West has accomplished in terms of harnessing material energy is matched by what India and the Far East have achieved in terms of direct control of consciousness.”

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source: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (New York: Harper Perennial, 2008), 103.

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“Happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.”

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source: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (New York: Harper Perennial, 2008), 2.

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