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What’s Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Cause of Death?


People started to ask about Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s cause of death after he passed away on Thursday (October 21, 2021) at the age of 87. May he rest in peace.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by the managers of his Facebook page, announcing that Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, a Széchenyi Prize-winning Hungarian-American psychologist who died Wednesday at the age of 87, was the creator of the flow experience concept. He spent his last days with his family.”

Born in 1934 in Rijeka, then part of Italy, Mihaly opened his eyes to a diplomatic family who escaped to Rome after the war. He relocated to Chicago, United States, in 1956, where Csikszentmihalyi was already receiving a Ph.D. in psychology.

People started to ask about Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's cause of death

The well-known Psychologist then studied at this university for three decades, where he produced his famous concept of flow experience and dealt with the so-called, even with positive psychology. Besides several international awards, in 2011, he won the most significant scientific recognition in Hungary, the Széchenyi Prize.

Since 1971 and for about 16 years, he was a professor of human development at the University of Chicago. From 1985, he was also a bold member of the advisory board of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. From 1999 to his passing day, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was a professor of psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University.

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Story Behind Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Cause of Death

Although no official report said about Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s cause of death, some claim he lost his life due to cancer, while others say about natural causes.

However, US day News does not confirm any rumors; our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

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Our team offers its deepest sympathies to his family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these challenging days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him.

In 1998, he was selected as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he got the Széchenyi Prize for his research on developmental education, creativity, talent, and abilities and his development of current theory. In 2014, he won:

Reactions to Death of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Quickly after the heartbreaking news was released, many of the legend’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone wrote, “Mourning the passing of Mihaly #Csikszentmihalyi, one of Psychology’s methodology pioneers who coined “The Experience Sampling Method” (#ESM) with Reed Larsen. A creative methodologist, a great thinker, and a name often misspelled and mispronounced. He will be missed.”

Another said, “It’s confirmed: The father of flow, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, has passed away at the age of 87. His studies on flow and creativity were seminal and formed the core of much of my own research and thinking. RIP, legend.”

People started to ask about Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's cause of death
Image source: The Social Dimensions of Flow project – Université de Lille

A fan also said, “So sad to hear about the passing of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the father of flow and a pioneer in positive psychology. He was a creative genius who also studied creative genius, and a brilliant teacher. Thank you for your wisdom! #flow #creativity #positivepsychology #legend.”

A user tweeted, “Vale Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. His work, w/Reed Larsen, on ESM guided my research work, & his work on #flow has guided how I seek to be ‘in-&-at’ work. ‘It is this serious playfulness, this combination of concern & humility, that makes it possible to be both engaged & carefree.”

Another penned, “Sad to hear today of the death of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He contributed so much through his research on creativity, which helped me decide to do a PhD, happiness, his concept of flow – which guides me daily – and more.”

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  1. Anonymous October 21, 2021

    He was a great mentor and a great mind. I learned so much

    1. US day News October 22, 2021

      Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was an unforgettable artist who will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.

  2. Carol Bliss October 22, 2021

    He was a wonderful teacher and mentor. His teachings will live in my heart and my mind forever.

    1. US day News October 22, 2021

      Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was an unforgettable artist who will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace

  3. Dr. Nian Zhu October 23, 2021

    Very sorry to hear about Dr. Csikszentmihalyi’s passing. He definitely made a tremendous impact on positive psychology with his Flow theory. My doctoral dissertation was completed based on his theory, and I was very fortunate to have him as my dissertation Reader. He was a tireless scholar who wrote so many books and articles which influenced more than just my generation. Thank you, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi, and may you RIP. Dr. Nian Zhu


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