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

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The vintage research of the inventive method from the nationwide bestselling writer of Flow

creativity is set taking pictures these moments that make lifestyles worthy dwelling. mythical psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi unearths what results in those moments—be it the buzz of the artist on the easel or the scientist within the lab—so that this information can be utilized to counterpoint people's lives. Drawing on approximately 100 interviews with remarkable humans, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and company leaders, to poets and artists, in addition to his thirty years of analysis at the topic, Csikszentmihalyi makes use of his recognized move idea to discover the artistic method. He discusses such principles as why inventive everyone is frequently obvious as egocentric and conceited, and why the "tortured genius" is essentially a fantasy. most vital, he explains why creativity should be cultivated and is important for the way forward for our nation, if now not the realm.

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Even the novice student of human nature learns to distrust appearances—not as a sensible methodological precaution that any good scientist would endorse but as a certainty in the dogma that nothing can be trusted at face value. I can imagine what some sophisticated colleagues would do with the following claim made by one of our respondents: “I have been married for forty-four some years to someone I adore. He is a physicist. D. ” They would probably smile with refined irony and see in these sentences an attempt on the speaker’s part to deny an unhappy family life.

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.

Initially I went into this [career] feeling very much that my role as an astronomer, as an observer, was just to gather very good data. I just looked upon my role as that of gathering valuable data for the astronomical community, and in most cases it turned out to be more than that. I wouldn’t be disappointed if it were only that. But discoveries are always nice. I just discovered something this spring that’s enchanting, and I remember how fun it was. With one of the postdocs, a young fellow, I was making a study of galaxies in the Virgo cluster.

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