Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
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...more
Csikszentmihalyi considers interdisciplinary enviro ...more
I first read Creativity in 1998-1999 and enjoyed it then, but recently picked it up again to take on a trip with me. This time, some 11 years later and after a major career change, the books means so much more to me. I think that is because the first time I read it, I was looking for ways to bring more creativity into my life. Now, after a few years of focusing on art as my career, the content deepl ...more
The author discusses creativity in the context of 'flow', the state where we become one with the process of creation.
The book is structured so that there are actual interview snippets of creative individuals interspersed ...more
The author studied creative people, and tells us what he found. But more importantly for the reader, he gives us his ideas for making our lives as creative as his interviewees.
10 Dimensions of Creativity
Playfulness & Discipline
Fantasy & Reality
Extrovert & Introvert
Humble & Proud
Escape Rigid Gender Role Stereotyping
Traditional & Rebellious
Suffering and Enjoyment
What makes people creative? that's his question that he wants to answer. And at the same time he wants creativity that makes the change. He is looking at it from the psychology side. The scientific approach he took made it strong for me.
He mentioned all the things that h ...more
If you care at all about creativity (and you should), this book is at least worth flipping through.
A lot of what I got from the book can be surmised from chapter titles and skimming through reading topic sentences. It often reads like something of a textbook--it's not a narrative, but draws upon interviews with hundreds of creative individuals (including nobel prize winners, CEOs, writers, poets, and more), offering insights based on trends and with copious excerpts fro ...more
The book is very well organized. I like how it breaks creativity and the factors involved in it down into subtopics and offers extensive analysis of each. The book tal ...more
The final chapter makes a claim that creativity ...more
I enjoyed this book enormously. I would easily recommend this book to any person who is either creative or just intrigued by the arts. Why? Because it reminds us all that the possibility of happiness is a mindful challenge. The book delves into the domain of the creative process. A work of wonder!
I quote from the book: "Creative persons differ from one another in a variety of ways, but in one respect they are unanimous: The all love what they do" Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
I do recommend this book if you're looking to become more creative, but I would probably just tell you to read certain chapters.
I really enjoyed it though and know I will use it as a reference book many times in the future.
Still, very important book and worth checking out.
He is noted for both his work in the study of happiness and creativity and also for his notoriously difficult name, i ...more