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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This book has inspired me to do research for my thesis. - Goodreads
Particularly useful for the artist, writer, ineventor. - Goodreads
Lots of great insights into creativity. - Goodreads
No excuse for writing with that attitude. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Melissa Amaral - Goodreads

This book read like an extremely in-depth research paper. It provided fascinating information of the lives of people who are known as some of the greatest creative geniuses of the 20th century. If anything, I would recommend reading part 3. I found it very interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Diana Glyer - Goodreads

I use this as a textbook in a class that I teach about the creative process. "Creativity" does a great job of exploding the myth that creativity is some kind of mystical experience, abundant ... Read full review


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

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About the author (2009)

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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