Personal Life and Educational Background
Born 1946, Ed Diener grew up on a California tomato and cotton farm. In his youth he raised horses, cattle, cotton, and sugar beets. Diener dropped out of his agriculture major at California State University at Fresno when he found that psychology courses fascinated and enthused him, compared to the study of weeds and seeds. Professors such as Wayne Holder and Alan Button were both funny and very interesting. Although Diener attempted to study happiness for his undergraduate research project, the professor told him that measuring it is impossible. Thus, Diener studied aggression and deindividuation in his early career and only turned to the study of happiness after receiving tenure. Diener attended the University of Washington in Seattle for his doctoral degree, studying with Professors Ron Smith, Irwin Sarason, and Scott Fraser.
Diener and his wife, Carol, started dating at age 16 in high school and then married while attending college...
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