Happiness and the human condition

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Happiness and the human condition

The life experience that probably was most influential in my questioning human happiness was when I saw as a 10 year old World War II ending in Europe and people were dying, buildings were collapsing, one of my brothers got killed, my mother was taken to Russia as a prisoner of war. And I concluded from this upheaval that grownups just didn´t know what was going on. They had no clue as to how to live a good life or how to avoid getting sucked into this kind of horrible situations. And so, that got me thinking to study philosophy, religion, many other things and finally I went into psychology, just a random coincidence I heard that psychologists talk about these issues. And there was a psychologist Carl Lune. He was a disciple of Freud. And that got me on the way of trying to figure out whether there is a better way of of living than what I had experienced.
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD

Psychologist & Researcher

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was born in Italy of Hungarian parents. He came to the United States at age 22, became a psychologist, taught at the University of Chicago for 30 years and was Chairman of the Department of Psychology. Since 1999 he has been a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Of the 13 books he wrote or co-authored, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is the best known; it has been translated in 29 languages. He and his wife Isabella spend the summers in Montana, where the rest of the family comes to visit and hike in the mountains.

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