Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Psychology - 480 pages
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“Although the benefits of this study to scholars are obvious, this thought-provoking mixture of scholarly and colloquial will enlighten inquisitive general readers, too.” —  Library Journal (starred review)

The classic study of the creative process from the bestselling author of Flow.

Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (“The leading researcher into ‘flow states.’”  — Newsweek) reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives. Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and business leaders, to poets and artists, as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the "tortured genius" is largely a myth. Most important, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.


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User Review  - jasoncomely - LibraryThing

Csikszentmihalyi is known for defining flow but "Creativity" is a much better book. I made several failed attempts to read "Flow" and it was too meandering, philosophical and impractical to stick with it. This book, on the other hand, is more practical and profound. Highly recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

An interesting approach to the analysis of creativity: looking at the lives of creative people and identifying similarities (and in some cases, differences) between them. Csikszentmihalyi also comes ... Read full review


Where Is Creativity?
The Creative Personality
The Early Years
The Later Years 183
The Domain of Life
The Domain of the Future
The Making of Culture
Enhancing Personal Creativity
Appendix A Brief Biographical Sketches of the Respondents
Interview Protocol Used in the Study

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1934-2021) was a professor at Claremont Graduate University and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. His books include Creativity, The Evolving Self and the national bestseller Flow.

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