Creativity: The Psychology Of Discovery And Invention

Paperback | August 6, 2013

byMihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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

creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 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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The classic study of the creative process from the national bestselling author of Flowcreativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 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 knowle...

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 includeThe Evolving Selfand the national bestsellerFlow.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.77 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062283251

ISBN - 13:9780062283252

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not For the Faint of Heart This is a very in depth technical look at Creativity. If you are already aquainted with psychology you may very well like this book. However there is a lot of technical jargon and the perspective is from that of a specialised point of view, so keeping that in mind, if that isn't your thing I'd find something else. Otherwise, enjoy the read :)
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