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
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
For those who have seen ...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
a couple good quotes. some interesting history snippets.
still not sure what was meant by creativity as it was spelled out differently like 14 times.
I feel like this book was "the random stuff I learned writing about flow that I wanted to put in a book so I made another book loosely about 'creativity'" ...more
Csikszentmihalyi M (1996) (15:33) Creativity - Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
01. Setting the Stage
• evolution in biology and in culture
• attention and creativity
• what’s the good of studying creativity?
• how the study was conducted
• too good to be true?
Part I: The Creative Process
02. Where Is Creativity?
• the systems model
• creativity in the renaissance
• domains of knowledge and action
• fields of accomplishment
• the contributions of ...more
Incredible, incredible, INCREDIBLE. I devoured and loved every second of this book.
I loved how honest Mihaly was from the start about the sample group for his study. I loved how it challenged my own perception and beliefs about creativity. I love how fluid and poetic Miahly's writing style is. I loved the incorporation of Flow (I loved that book too). There's honestly not a single thing about this book that I didn't enjoy. He not onl ...more
The book is a thorough study of creative individuals. The author, renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, set out to interview scientists, inventors and artists who have made a major contribution to humanity by either changing a domain or creating a new one. He wanted to understand creativity on the larger scale and he succeeded in gathering some extremely interes ...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 final chapter makes a claim that creativity ...more
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
The end, where he talks about creating a life where you can ...more
p.1 – Creativity us a central source of meaning in our lives.
p.2 – When we are involved in creativity, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of our life. The excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab comes close to the ideal fulfillment we all hope to get from life, and so rarely do. Perhaps only sex, sports, music, and religious ecstasy – even when these experiences remain fleeting and leave no trace – provide as profound a sens ...more
Which, brings me to my first issue with the book: Mihaly (going against what he considered to be the "Zeitgeist") decided to only pursue research on creative folks who had made a dent in history - that ...more
Still, it's not worth four stars: after page 200, you can safely stop reading. Instead, I had to power my way through 272 more pages of repetition, diverging chatter and irrelevant interview details to reach the end (I read the Dutch translation, wh ...more
He is noted for both his work in the study of happiness and creativity and also for his notoriously difficult name, i ...more