Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

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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.

 

About Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "chick-sent-me-high"), author of the New York Times bestseller Flow, is a professor of management at the Claremont Graduate Center. He is also the director of the Quality of Life Research Center, a nonprofit institute in Claremont, California.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 466 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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A mostly fascinating look at what makes creative people who they are, gleaned largely from interviews with 91 individuals from a wide variety of fields.

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Based on interviews with 91 internationally recognized creative people-among them Nobel physicist John Bardeen, arts administrator-performer Kitty Carlisle Hart, writer Denise Levertov, jazz musician Oscar Peterson, electronics executive Robert Galvin-this book offers a highly readable anatomy of...

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