- Series: Problems in the Behavioural Sciences (Book 12)
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 30, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521485088
- ISBN-13: 978-0521485081
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This text presents a novel theory of creativity that is based on the linkage between the psychopathological characteristics of creative persons and geniuses. It traces creativity from DNA through personality to special cognitive processes and the qualities of genius.
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1) Geniuses average on the top 15% of the population in all psychopathological scales.
2) Geniuses are always on the top of the Ego Strenght scale.
His argument is that it may be the fact that they believe that they are geniuses that make them so.
It's a good book. I gave it to my brother once as a Christmas present. I'm sure Eysenck would appreciate the extra income.