Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Read by  Sean Pratt

15.55 Hours 07/01/2015 unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781469062150

  • ISBN: 9781469033488

  • ISBN: 9781469033495

Creativity is about capturing the moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people’s lives. Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people—from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders to poets and artists—as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant and why the “tortured genius” is largely a myth. Most importantly, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

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Summary

Summary

Creativity is about capturing the moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people’s lives.

Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people—from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders to poets and artists—as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant and why the “tortured genius” is largely a myth. Most importantly, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Accessible and enjoyable reading.” Washington Times
“This thought-provoking mixture of scholarly and colloquial will enlighten inquisitive…readers.” Library Journal (starred review)
“The rich anecdotal material Csikszentmihalyi has mined and analyzed make this an important study of a vital topic.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is distinguished professor of psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University. He is a former professor and chairman of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago. He is also the founder and codirector of the Quality of Life Research Center, a nonprofit research institute that studies “positive psychology.” His books include Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and The Evolving Self, as well as numerous articles and contributions to other works.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Runtime: 15.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English