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  - Alex Woods - Goodreads

This book is pretty good, although it is not concise. I am much more interested in the theoretical concepts behind creativity, and how to become more creative myself. This book did give me that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Daugherk - Goodreads

Delightfully dry and informational. A cross between Mind Over Mind by Chris Berdik and Flow. Read full review

Contents

Where Is Creativity?
23
The Creative Personality
51
The Early Years
151
The Later Years
183
Creative Aging
211
The Domain of the Word
237
Eleven The Domain of Life
265
The Domain of the Future
291
The Making of Culture
317
Enhancing Personal Creativity
343
Brief Biographical Sketches of the Respondents
373
Interview Protocol Used in the Study
393
References
429
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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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