Academic journal article et Cetera

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Academic journal article et Cetera

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

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Mikhaly Csikszentmihalyi. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

"We share 98 percent of our genetic makeup with chimpanzees. What makes us different - our language, values, artistic expression, scientific understanding, and technology - is the result of individual ingenuity, that was recognized, rewarded, and transmitted through learning. Without creativity, it would be difficult to distinguish humans from apes." At least so claims Professor Csikszentmihalyi, the author of this fascinating and well-written book.

Csikszentmihalyi, a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and author of the bestselling book Flow, spent five years interviewing a group of one hundred selected individuals in an effort to make more understandable the mysterious process by which men and women come up with new ideas and things. Using his now famous "flow" theory - the study of those conditions that make life meaningful and enjoyable - the author explores how these individuals have found ways to make flow a permanent fixture of their lives and at the same time contribute to the evolution of our culture.

As his study shows, creative people can differ in personality type, yet share many common traits. They are by and large divergent thinkers who look at a problem from as many viewpoints as possible. All claim luck and perseverance had much to do with their accomplishments. Each considered the rhythm of activity followed by idleness or reflection very important for the success of their work. …

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