Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Psychology - 480 pages
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Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author's objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives. Drawing on 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders, poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous 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 clearly explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

 

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Creativity: flow and the psychology of discovery and invention

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Bringing together 30 years of research, Csikszentmihalyi (psychology, Univ. of Chicago) describes this book as "an effort to make more understandable the mysterious process by which men and women come ... Read full review

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This was an excellent read. I found the very detailed and robust examples to be very enlightening and full of useful ideas. I would highly recommend this book - though will warn you that it is a ... Read full review

Contents

Where Is Creativity?
23
The Creative Personality
51
PART II
130
The Early Years
151
The Later Years 183
211
DOMAINS OF CREATIVITY
237
The Domain of Life
265
The Domain of the Future
291
The Making of Culture
317
Enhancing Personal Creativity
343
Appendix A Brief Biographical Sketches of the Respondents
373
Interview Protocol Used in the Study
393
References
429
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate University and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. His previous books include The Evolving Self and the national bestseller Flow.

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