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
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
Here are some parts that intrigue me so far:
Our respondents unanimously agree that it is important to let problems simmer below the threshold of consciousness for a time. One of the most eloquent accounts of the importance of this stage comes again from...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
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 characterization of different fundamental forms of creativity
- Personal creativity
- Creativity [With the capital C]
- The incorporation of the systems approach into the processes of how creative ideas are born and released into socie...more
When it comes to knowledge and science there is no doubt he is one of the best out there. In both books that I've read (FLOW & Creativity) the way he deduces conclusions and observations from his interviews with candidates is quite amazing. I like that he doesn't start by stories about his candidates, but starts by concluding the findings of the rese...more
I was interested in this book at first, but Csikszentmihalyi believes your work has to go thru the acceptance of those already in the field and contribute to the culture in order to be considered "creative." I was thinking, "I don't think I agree but I'll keep reading. . .because I have to. For class." Then I felt annoyed that I had to read about creative men who couldn't bother with mundane life responsibility stuff, gender role stuff, and I was like, "Should I skim this? ugh...more
The book is accessible and at times very interesting when delving into the traits and behaviours that make creative people creative. When it looks for the backgrounds and root causes for people's creativity it reaches conclusions too fast and heads for the nearest plausible narrative. When the author moves out of his field of study to put creativity in greater context he is also on thin ice. The worst exampple being when he claims that systemic thinkers (sociologists, environmentalists etc) have...more
Based on interviews of more than 90 renowned creative individuals there is substance and weight to the conclusions presented.
In some chapters the book it feels like the work relies too much on citing passages of the interview. More work could have gone into distilling the information an...more
Although I'm currently looking at phronesis and concrete thinking, this book added unrelated things to study next to my list: unpredictability in molecules, principle of sanctuary, tumor biology. Basically more of the science stuff.
And it made me very happy to read that people put in...more
"As we have seen, creative individuals seem to have relatively complex personalities. Neither the centrifugal nor the centripetal force prevails--they are able to keep in balance the contrary tendencies that make some people turn inward until each becomes a hard shell, and others fly outward at random" (362-3). Lets be honest - what the hell does that mean.
I enjoyed the f...more
Csikszentmihalyi is mostly interested in capital 'C' creativity or in works of genius. How did geniuses grow and develop their talent? In the main, his book details that the lives and childhood experiences of people destined to be geniuses are remarkable divers...more
I wanted to give the book 5 stars but then the authors said some really racist and sexist things. Come on, the book was written in the 90s not the 60s or 70s. No excuse for writing with that...more
He is noted for both his work in the study of happiness and creativity and also for his notoriously difficult name, i...more