President of Hungary honors Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi with national science prize
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (SBOS) professor and co-director of the Positive Psychology program at CGU, has received the Szechenyi Prize from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The prize, one of the most prestigious in Hungary, is given by the government to those who have made outstanding contributions to science.
Hungarian President Pál Schmitt presented the prize to Csikszentmihalyi during a ceremony at Sándor Palace in Budapest on May 16. The palace is the official residence of the president of the Republic of Hungary.
Csikszentmihalyi is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology in SBOS and the director of the Quality of Life Research Center, a non-profit research institute that studies positive psychology; that is, human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility.
He is world-famous for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, but is best known as the architect of the notion of "flow" – a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation – and for his years of research and writing on the topic.