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The Big Book of Creativity Games: Quick, Fun Acitivities for Jumpstarting Innovation Paperback – August 17, 2000
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Behind these creativity-boosting games is more than 20 years of scientific research by one of the world's leading experts on creativity!
Did you know that:
- Group creativity techniques like brainstorming can actually inhibit creativity?
- Failure spurs creativity better than success does?
- Creativity is not an exclusively right-brained activity?
For work groups and individuals who do creative work, here is a light-hearted book of games that are based on rigorous creativity research, not just hype. Written by Robert Epstein, Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today magazine and a Harvard-trained psychologist, all the exercises in this collection are based on Dr. Epstein's groundbreaking scientific research on the nature of the creative process. The Big Book of Creativity Games includes dozens of fast, simple games that foster and encourage creativity in the workplace and at home. The creativity games help to:
- Produce dramatically innovative work
- Convince people that they¿re creative
- Get a new project off the ground
- Perk up a meeting
- Overcome a creative "block"
- Use failure to spur creativity
- Make people more inventive
- And much more!
About the Author
One of the world's leading experts on human behavior, Robert Epstein is Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today magazine, host of the magazine's nationally syndicated radio program, and University Research Professor at United States International University. He is the developer of Generativity Theory, a scientific theory of creative process, and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Creativity. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1981. His research on creativity and problem-solving has been reported in Time magazine, The New York Times, and Discover, and his popular writings have appeared in Reader's Digest, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, and other magazines and newspapers.
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The forty-eight games in the book are based on Epstein's Generativity Theory. His ideas about the creative process grew out of his laboratory research. In addition to refuting popular myths about the creative process, Epstein identifies four core competencies that help individuals express their creativity (plus four more competencies to nurture creativity in others):
1. Capturing new ideas
2. Challenging yourself so that new ideas emerge
3. Broadening your base of knowledge and experience
4. Surrounding yourself with an environment -- both physical and social -- that encourages new ideas
Despite the fact that the book is grounded in theory and research, the information it contains is practical and easily accessible. The book is written in lay terms, and the information is as easy to understand as the juvenile format leads you to expect it to be.
The games are categorized by purpose (such as "convincing people that they're creative") and by core competency. It is easy, therefore, to find games to fit a particular need. Epstein devotes about three pages to each game, providing a summary of the game, its objective, the time required (ranging from 5 to 90 minutes), the materials needed (generally readily available), the procedure, and discussion questions. The discussion questions are indeed a key feature of the book, for the games are intended not only to boost creativity but also to demonstrate creativity's basic principles.
Epstein places a high premium on failure. He says that failure causes us to recall past methods of dealing with a problem -- and often discover a new solution. Without failure, creativity is not needed (remember the Apollo 13 mission). Many games involving the second competency, Challenging, deal with managing the frustration and other negative emotions that often accompany failure.
In addition, the book includes an abridged version of Epstein's Creativity Competencies Inventory for Individuals (ECCI-i) along with a self-scorer. These tools are effective for evaluating a person's overall creativity and each of the four competencies. It is easy, then, for a person to see which areas would benefit from development.
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