Creativity

The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The classic study of the creative process from the national best-selling author of Flow, Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals what leads to these moments - be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab - so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives. Drawing on nearly 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and business leaders, to poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow 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 explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

©2013 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

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Not the “creativity” one might think

Flow is by far my favorite book ever, and as a person who makes my living doing creative work (design & art) I probably went into this with expectations that were too high. Having said that, it appears that Csikszentmihalyi considers Big C creativity to be mostly in the sciences (including social sciences). I don’t disagree with sciences being creative and I learned some new things about this side of creativity in this book, but for a book to be titled “Creativity” this book touches very little or never on what many people would consider the most obviously creative disciplines (music, visual art, dance, architecture, film, philosophy, etc) other than a chapter devoted to writing.

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squishy

The author hedges most of his observations due to the anecdotal nature of his research, to the point he never actually commits to really knowing anything from his research. The words likely, probably, and possibly are too frequently used, such that I feel he has not earned the latitude he claims for himself when he states his opinions and worldviews as truisms.

This might have been fine had his work been graced by a sustained attempt to support his assertions with well developed arguments contrasted against alternative perspectives, but he did not offer these; he engages in intellectual shadow boxing, conflating marketability and craftsmanship with creativity. By tying creativity to domain; a child could never be "creative" by his definition as he can't master a craft or amass knowledge such that his efforts can be recognized as such. But this is not consistent with what most of us see, and mean when we use this word.

For me then, his definition and treatment of creativity and invention is stilted and tendentious, substituting one enigmatic definition of creativity for another. The anecdotal evidence presented was interesting, but the conclusions drawn from them did not illuminate the subject of creativity for me as I hoped it would.

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Great Insights into Creativity and Creative People

What did you love best about Creativity?

This book from the psychologist who coined the term "flow" focuses on what differentiates extraordinarily creative people. In this book he does a wonderful job of discussing how a domain and the field devoted to that domain impact the creative people in that field. He also brings out lots of great insights from his studies of extraordinarily creative people and touches on what it takes to develop the meta-skill of being able to turn almost any activity into an occasion of flow.

It's great material for anyone who fosters creativity in others or for people looking to better understand and harness their own creativity.

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Sean Pratt is exceptionally good

the performance helped make the experience of this audiobook one of the best I've heard. the research helps not only to explain creativity, but also personal development in any field.

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Absolutely fascinating!

This book explores the importance of creativity in our world and the many processes by which to be or become more creative. A must read for all in my opinion!

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Very interesting and useful

Lots of interesting facts and anecdotes. Took me a bit to get over that John Hodgman isn’t the narrator.

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just don't - 2nd time I did and still regretting i

this is the 2nd book I bought from this author, the first one on flow. both topics are very interesting to me and the impact they have on modern Life and business.

both times the author killed it for me.
how do you take such an interesting topic and make it so boring? filled with details I couldn't care less about, your opinions, what the book is not, clarifying points and justifications take up to much space and time.

saying people are creative only if their peers agree with them is crazy. your examples of people being a knowledged 500 years after their death should prove that.

such a great topic and you liked it again for me. well done

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Astounding! So relevant and detailed!

What made the experience of listening to Creativity the most enjoyable?

Everything
I have been waiting for a book like this from MC for a long time.
Brilliant and practical and quantitative.
I love Sean Pratt's narrations.I have over 40 books of his narration
You will love this new gift to the world!

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Mission critical research

Humans being the creativity engines that they are, this research, and the author's lifetime of research is so important. Book is engaging too. Lots of great insight into interesting people's lives.

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aha.. Loving It

Awesome narration and a beautiful book that everyone must read ( or listen lol )

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  • 11-21-15

Excellent

Practical, compelling listening if you're interested in developing your own creativity and others'. Highly recommended

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  • 01-13-19

Soaking with incorrect agenda

Mostly he's just talking about factually incorrect feminist agenda which is easily disprovable with research&statistics.

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  • David
  • 10-17-16

An insightful and practical exploration of creativity.

Once again Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates why his research is so well respected. A practical and thorough investigation into creative individuals that challenges me to think bigger and better.

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