Genius and the Mind: Studies of Creativity and Temperament


Taking as examples the lives of creative individuals through history, Genius and the Mind considers the nature of creativity and genius from a psychological standpoint. Eleven chapters, contributed by leading researchers, span the range of approaches used to understand the subject. A discussion of heredity considers the extent to which genes play a part in giftedness. The importance of social context in defining and acknowledging creativity is explored. Several chapters look at training and skill development in exceptional individuals, and a number of contributions scrutinize the links between creativity, temperament, and mental health. Mozart's precocity, Byron's mania, the personalities of the Italian Renaissance painters, and the psychoses of many celebrated writers are all discussed, making this a fascinating text for anyone with an interest in the psychology of genius and geniuses, as well as for students and researchers in the field.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • David T. Lykken
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Andreas C. Lehmann
  • Michael J. A. Howe
  • Robert S. Albert
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 1998


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