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The Power of Thinking Differently: An imaginative guide to creativity, change, and the discovery of new ideas. Paperback – December 25, 2011
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This easy-to-read work presents instructions, anecdotes, and the findings from many fields to bypass the self-limiting notion that creativity only falls to geniuses and artists. Learn how to think not only more effectively, but altogether differently in service to your own spark of creativity. --Psychology professor and author Craig Chalquist, PhD
Javy Galindo shows us how to... touch that place of wonder and curiosity so prevalent in childhood. He helps us find ways to interrupt the behavior patterns that have crept upon us as we have become properly socialized...This book gives us up to date tools and understanding... --Clinical psychologist and author Sylvia Lafair PhD
Galindo lays out some positive motivation for embracing creative thought that aren't threats to our bio-demands and that actually reassure the logic process that `different' can enhance our health and safety...Instead of spelling out a hackneyed formula that's just like other's you've seen, Javy Galindo takes readers on a journey through foreign and exotic terrain... --Book Review by Deborah Adams from Curled up With a Good Book
Galindo clearly explains the roots of creativity in the brain and how to overcome one's own blockages and obstacles in order to...reach a higher state of personal satisfaction. While this book should appeal to those in business, government and science, it can equally benefit all persons who go about their lives looking to make their personal islands a bit more interesting and productive. --Book Review by Susan Reimers from BestSellersWorld.com
(The book) is designed to help readers get a new perspective on just about anything...Readers should be warned to be ready for change. --Book Review by Darragh Doiron, The Port Arthur News
About the Author
Javy Wong Galindo, M.A., M.Eng., is a professor of philosophy, humanities, and psychology in Northern California. This former electrical engineer and performing arts teacher has over 13 years of experience providing creative consultation.
In 2007, Javy took a hiatus from his engineering career to pursue an academic investigation of the creative process at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Here he earned a master's degree in consciousness and transformative studies specializing in the psychology of creativity and east-west philosophy and religion.
When he's not grading papers or speaking on creativity, Javy can be found singing at a club, performing bad comedy improv, writing an unfunny comedy sketch, or running poorly on an uphill trail. For more information, visit his website, Thinking-Differently.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author explores the psyche and tries to blow the doors open for creative inspirations.
The uniqueness of this book makes this a superior read for anyone exploring and producing on a regular basis out-of-the-box ideas and changes.
Interesting how the author's background in electrical engineering melds with the arts sciences.
Well worth the time and money.
The Power of Thinking Differently by Javy W. Galindo is excellent! My own creativity and thought process expanded with every page I read; (and yes, I read them all).
My review begins with that quote, a sentence which I highlighted in the book, because it is a fine example of how quickly an idea can perk up your own imagination and creativity.
At one time in my life I rebuilt automatic transmissions for a living. Complicated at first, but ultimately very rote.
The nature of getting by is often all too rote. Education, employment, and life itself, is often as oppressive and limiting as a cookie cutter.
This book is wonderfully liberating and mind expanding.
Although the author playfully refers to himself as a creative dimwit, I will refer to him as a heavy hitter and hope that it does not go to his head.
If there is something, anything, which demands creativity, and you have hit the wall or want a boost, then this book is for you.
"...you must recognize that all great ideas, at their point of conception, defied common sensibilities..."
I'm no stranger to creativity. When the news was sickeningly repetitive, doom and glooming us about the so called fiscal cliff, I responded by rapidly writing a satire, The Fiscal Cliff Cookbook. Then I used creative techniques to publicize it. The result was that in 9 days I and my book were covered in major newspapers and mainstream media from coast to coast.
That example, I present, not to pimp that particular book of mine (as it was a time related item) but to show that sometimes creativity can have amazing results; I know that for an absolute fact, first hand.
You can make it happen. You can break through. You get the idea?
Ignore those who seek to bleed you of enthusiasm and mold you once weakened.
My highest recommendation for The Power of Thinking Differently. Javy W. Galindo gets the nod, and readers of this book get a lift into their future; the one they imagine.
On the other hand, Galindo takes a remarkably long time to get into the mechanics of nonconforming thought. Though he does a remarkable job of the "what" and the "why," his "how" doesn't start until after page 150, and even then is pretty scanty. It's easy to say that we should "reframe," "mix & match," or "be a little nutty"; it's a different order of beast to actually help us achieve these goals.
On balance, Galindo's framework is engaging and entertaining. But his praxis leaves a lot to be desired. He says little you can't find in works by writers like Edward de Bono or, to a lesser degree, Oliver Sacks. I recommend Galindo's book if you need to understand, or persuade others, of why creative thought and innovative insight matter. But keep shopping if you want a guide to put these principles into practice.