Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

By Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

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Creativity is ready shooting these moments that make existence worthy residing. The author's aim is to supply an knowing of what results in those moments, be it the buzz of the artist on the easel or the scientist within the lab, in order that wisdom can be utilized to complement people's lives. Drawing on a hundred interviews with remarkable humans, from biologists and physicists to politicians and enterprise leaders, poets and artists, in addition to his 30 years of analysis at the topic, Csikszentmihalyi makes use of his recognized thought to discover the inventive technique. He discusses such principles as why inventive people are usually noticeable as egocentric and conceited, and why the tortured genius is basically a delusion. most vital, he basically explains why creativity has to be cultivated and is critical for the way forward for our kingdom, if now not the area.

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I set out to interview equal numbers of men and women who met our criteria. A further desideratum was to get as wide a representation of cultural backgrounds as possible. With these conditions in mind, I began generating lists of people who met these attributes. In this task I availed myself of the best advice of colleagues and experts in different disciplines. ” When the research team agreed that the achievements of a person nominated for the sample warranted inclusion, he or she was sent a letter that explained the study and requested participation.

So we switched our views of the relationship between gods and humans. It is not so difficult to see why this happened. When the first myths of creation arose, humans were indeed helpless, at the mercy of cold, hunger, wild beasts, and one another. They had no idea how to explain the great forces they saw around them—the rising and setting of the sun, the wheeling stars, the alternating seasons. Awe suffused their groping for a foothold in this mysterious world. Then, slowly at first, and with increasing speed in the last thousand years or so, we began to understand how things work—from microbes to planets, from the circulation of the blood to ocean tides—and humans no longer seemed so helpless after all.

Thus the individuals who ended up as part of the sample are skewed in the direction of positive health, physical and psychological. But after several years of intensive listening and reading, I have come to the conclusion that the reigning stereotype of the tortured genius is to a large extent a myth created by Romantic ideology and supported by evidence from isolated and—one hopes—atypical historical periods. In other words, if Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy showed more than their share of pathology it was due less to the requirements of their creative work than to the personal sufferings caused by the unhealthful conditions of a Russian society nearing collapse.

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