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Professor Csikszentmihalyi coined the term “flow” to explain a theory on how we can achieve a mental state of peak performance and happiness. Now he uses that same theory and applies it to help us understand the creative process. Drawing upon nearly one hundred interviews with creative people in every field, this book explores the traits of creative people and helps us identify ways to encourage our own originality.
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Creativity does not happen inside people’s heads but in the interaction between a person’s thoughts and a sociocultural context. It is a systemic rather than an individual phenomenon.
Criteria For An Idea to Be Considered “Creative”:
Creative people have complex personalities. They have the ability to move from one extreme to the other as needed.
Creative individuals have a great deal of physical energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest.
Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same t...
One of the values in walking to work is mental meandering. Or if driving, not to have the car radio on…Mental meandering, mind wandering and so on, is an essential process. If you are allowing that mentation to be driven by the radio or the television or other people’s...
One must be in a position to access the domain in which one plans to work. Information is not distributed evenly in space but is clumped in different geographical nodes.
Novel stimulation is not evenly distributed. Some environments have a greater density of interaction and provide more exc...
Intentionally develop your weaker character traits.
Practice shifting from operating with an open mind and receptive to new ideas, to closed focus and concentration.
Aim for a complex personality. Allow yourself to become more and experience more.
Find problems that move you emo...
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