Tackling the theory, history and practice of creativity, this text explores the need to rethink the whole definition of creative examples, including fields that have not always traditionally been classified as 'creative'.
Creativity: A Handbook for Teachers covers topics related to creativity research, development, theories and practices. It serves as a reference for academics, teacher educators, teachers, and scientists to stimulate further dialogue on ways to enhance creativity.
Creativity is fundamental to human experience. In On Creativity, David Bohm, the world-renowned scientist, investigates the phenomenon from all sides: not only the creativity of invention and of imagination but also that of perception and of discovery. The creative impulse is instinctive to everyone, but its revolutionary potential is rarely realised. For, he argues, its success depends upon the individual's ability to jolt the workaday mind into a dynamic state that enables true creativity and originality to become possible. By awakening this creative state of mind each person can then discover the creative harmony that lies not only within their own psyche but also behind everything that they experience.
The goal of this handbook is to provide the most comprehensive, definitive, and authoritative single-volume review available in the field of creativity. The book contains twenty-two chapters covering a wide range of issues and topics in the field of creativity, all written by distinguished leaders in the field. The volume is divided into six parts. The introduction sets out the major themes and reviews the history of thinking about creativity. Subsequent parts deal with methods, origins, self and environment, special topics and conclusions. All educated readers with an interest in creative thinking will find this volume to be accessible and engrossing.
Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author's objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives. Drawing on 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders, poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous 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 important, he clearly explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.
In this series of interviews drawn from his BBC Radio 3 series, John Tusa talks to some of the leading creative minds of our times - including Howard Hodgkin, Edward Bond, Eve Arnold, Frank Auerbach and Muriel Spark. Two essays by John Tusa on creativity and on interviewing are also included.
This book covers topics not commonly associated with creativity that offer us insight into creative action as a social, material, and cultural process. A wide range of specialists within the humanities and social sciences will find this interesting, as well as practitioners who are looking for novel ways of thinking about and doing creative work.
Creativity, Psychology, and the History of Science offers for the first time a comprehensive overview of the oeuvre of Howard E. Gruber, who is noted for his contributions both to the psychology of creativity and to the history of science. The present book includes papers from a wide range of topics. In the contributions to creativity research, Gruber proposes his key ideas for studying creative work. Gruber focuses on how the thinking, motivation and affect of extraordinarily creative individuals evolve and how they interact over long periods of time. Gruber’s approach bridges many disciplines and subdisciplines in psychology and beyond, several of which are represented in the present volume: cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, history of science, aesthetics, and politics. The volume thus presents a unique and comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the creative process. Many of Gruber's papers have not previously been easily accessible; they are presented here in thoroughly revised form.
This book is the result of more than 30 years of researching, practicing and teaching creativity and innovation in universities, companies and other institutions, a period during which the author saw many people changing, each in his own way, but all without exception became more loose, light, animated and prone to solve problems or pursue their goals, and with above average results! For your own use, to study the subject, or to teach other people, the synthetic, simple and practical content deposited here will be very useful. Just put it into practice, in your daily life, whether at work or at leisure, there are no limits, creativity will be present in your small or large acts from now on. Be prepared to, in a short time, become another person. No, do not be scared! Your base person will continue to exist, but by reading and applying the concepts in this book you will certainly change, and for the better, with regard to creativity and innovation. The side effects will be: more happiness, more freedom, more achievements and more opportunities, personal and professional. Is the promise high? Judge after devouring each page and then training. That's right, creativity is training, and the more we train, the more we become creative, to the point that you will no longer notice how it happened and already incorporated a behavior different from your current one, but containing it. Have a good time! Application Book for students and professionals in communication, advertising and marketing and administration. Basic reading for the discipline Creativity of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Advertising and Marketing, as well as for innovation courses in administration courses.
Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature is the ultimate resource guide in the universal and inevitable journey of self-discovery – of Know Thyself. A compendium and synthesis of soul-stirring wit and wisdom on human nature, the book uncovers: • What it really means to be human. • What your own life is truly about. • What gives it meaning and enduring significance. In words that speak to everyone personally, deeply, directly, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature brings us in touch with innermost beings - our unique capabilities, interests, values, goals, passions, and motivations - so we can use that understanding to build lives that are meaningful, genuinely successful, and personally fulfilling. The crux of the book and primary reason for its writing is answers to those persistent life questions everyone inevitably encounters at some stage of his or her personal growth and development: • Who am I as a person? • What do I desire most in my life? • What brings me the greatest joy when I do it? • What are my special abilities, values, and interests? • What do I particularly like to contribute to society and the world? The goal is to empower the reader with knowledge of his or her special, incomparable, indispensable, and irreplaceable abilities, as well as responsibility to contribute those abilities in building the type of global society we all want to live in, as well as in shaping the viable and sustainable future we want to proudly leave for posterity. Sobering, deeply compelling, at times convicting, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature makes a valued and treasured companion in the tortuous journey of self-discovery, personal development, and career choice! Published and publicly-accessible reviews describe Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature as: • “a truly phenomenal and path-breaking book” • “defines the path to creating a global positive future for generations to come” • “engaging and thought provoking” • “may well help readers to begin the important journey: of ‘Know Thyself’” • “a compelling read … timeless and useful … has a universal appeal … makes us ponder the purpose of our existence” • “throws light on our innermost nature and helps those who are seeking to reach their full potential and give the world their best” • “an excellent read … masterfully illustrates how imagination and creativity drive human evolution and how we can use these as tools to create a better future” • “outstanding book” • “one of the best books I have read!!!”