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Based on interviews with 91 internationally recognized creative people-among them Nobel physicist John Bardeen, arts administrator-performer Kitty Carlisle Hart, writer Denise Levertov, jazz musician Oscar Peterson, electronics executive Robert Galvin-this book offers a highly readable anatomy of creativity. As Csikzentmihalyi (Flow) argues, creativity requires not only unusual individuals, but a culture and field of experts that can foster and validate such work. Most creative people, the author suggests, have dialectic personalities: smart yet naive, both extroverted and introverted, etc. Expanding on his previous book, Csikszentmihalyi suggests that complex and challenging work exemplifies fully engaged "flow." Synthesizing study results, he reports that none of the interviewees was popular during adolescence; while they were not necessarily more brilliant than their college peers, they displayed more "concentrated attention." Later, they kept a consistent focus on future work. The author reminds us that while individuals can make their own opportunities, a supportive society offering resources and rewards can foster creativity. His advice may sound like homilies-"Try to be surprised by something every day"-but is often worthy.
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''This thought-provoking mixture of scholarly and colloquial will enlighten inquisitive…readers.'' --Library Journal (starred review)

''The rich anecdotal material Csíkszentmihályi has mined and analyzed make this an important study of a vital topic.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The pages are super thin (I like to underline some paragraphs
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough exposition on creativity
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe doesn't make my all time top 10 best ever books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great interviews from all sorts of creatives - a little ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book on this subject.
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