Muse #273 - he will be missed
This is one Hungarian name I learned to pronounce well several years before - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and it is because I enjoyed his research and books on “Flow” and “Creativity” in humans and at work. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi wrapped up his assignment on Planet Earth today at the splendid age of 88.
Csíkszentmihályi characterized nine component states of achieving flow, including “challenge-skill balance, merging of action and awareness, clarity of goals, immediate and unambiguous feedback, concentration on the task at hand, the paradox of control, the transformation of time, loss of self-consciousness, and autotelic experience.”
To achieve a flow state, a balance must be struck between the challenge of the task and the skill of the performer. If the task is too easy or too difficult, flow cannot occur. Both skill level and challenge level must be matched and high; if skill and challenge are low and matched, then apathy results.
This is well explained by the two-way graph between the skill of the person and the challenge of the work - and when these two are in balance, the resultant is “flow”. His perspectives will carry on and he will be truly missed for what he brought to the table.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi- Flow Theory Architect, Hungarian-American Psychologist, Dies Aged 88 - https://hungarytoday.hu/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-flow-theory-architect-dies/