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

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The vintage research of the artistic approach from the nationwide bestselling writer of Flow

creativity is ready taking pictures these moments that make existence worthy residing. mythical psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi finds what results in those moments—be it the buzz of the artist on the easel or the scientist within the lab—so that this data can be utilized to counterpoint people's lives. Drawing on approximately 100 interviews with extraordinary humans, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and enterprise leaders, to poets and artists, in addition to his thirty years of study at the topic, Csikszentmihalyi makes use of his recognized stream concept to discover the artistic method. He discusses such principles as why inventive people are frequently noticeable as egocentric and smug, and why the "tortured genius" is basically a fantasy. most crucial, he explains why creativity has to be cultivated and is critical for the way forward for our state, if no longer the area.

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Therefore, it follows that as culture evolves, specialized knowledge will be favored over generalized knowledge. To see why this must be so, let us assume that there are three persons, one who studies physics, one who studies music, and one who studies both. Other things being equal, the person who studies both music and physics will have to split his or her attention between two symbolic domains, while the other two can focus theirs exclusively on a single domain. Consequently, the two specialized individuals can learn their domains in greater depth, and their expertise will be preferred over that of the generalist.

The first usage, widespread in ordinary conversation, refers to persons who express unusual thoughts, who are interesting and stimulating—in short, to people who appear to be unusually bright. A brilliant conversationalist, a person with varied interests and a quick mind, may be called creative in this sense. Unless they also contribute something of permanent significance, I refer to people of this sort as brilliant rather than creative—and by and large I don’t say much about them in this book.

The first usage, widespread in ordinary conversation, refers to persons who express unusual thoughts, who are interesting and stimulating—in short, to people who appear to be unusually bright. A brilliant conversationalist, a person with varied interests and a quick mind, may be called creative in this sense. Unless they also contribute something of permanent significance, I refer to people of this sort as brilliant rather than creative—and by and large I don’t say much about them in this book.

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