The Noel Strengths Academy defines it this way:
A creative person is someone who comes up with ideas that are (1) original and (2) useful
- Creativity includes artistic achievement, but is not limited to it
- People who are creative enjoy thinking of novel and productive ways to describe and do things
- There is “BIG C” Creativity / “little c” creativity
- “little c” creativity refers to day-to-day creativity
- “Big C” creativity is reserved for those who accomplish once-in-lifetime, creative acts
- “Big C” creators understand that truly original and useful creativity requires hard work
- “Big C” creators are usually (eventually) completers
- Sparks of ingenuity
Source: Noel Strengths Academy
Life Is Beautiful (Creativity)
From the bestselling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single “gift” possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, and daydreaming productively, then he takes us out of our own heads to show how we can make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our companies more productive, and our schools more effective. We’ll learn about Bob Dylan’s writing habits and the drug addiction of poets. We’ll meet a bartender who thinks like a chemist, and an autistic surfer who invented an entirely new surfing move. We’ll see why Elizabethan England experienced a creative explosion, and how Pixar designed its office space to get the most out of its talent. Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, Imagine reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind, and its essential role in our increasingly complex world. from Johah Lehrer’s website.
From Kirkus Reviews, 04/15/96:
A mostly fascinating look at what makes creative people who they are, gleaned largely from interviews with 91 individuals from a wide variety of fields. Despite the subtitle, social psychologist Csikszentmihalyi, who invented the idea of “flow” and authored a book with that title, writes relatively little about the enjoyable, ego-and time- transcending absorption in a task that is conducive to creativity and high achievement. Rather, he focuses on the interplay creative person, and the “domain” (sociologese for “field”), including the receptivity of experts to new ideas and inventions. He quotes extensively–too much so–from the subjects he and his research team interviewed, but there are some gems among these passages, such as writer Madeleine L’Engle’s observation that to produce good literature, “your intuition and your intellect should be working together . . . making love.” Csikszentmihalyi’s weakest section consists of detailing ten personality polarities that supposedly distinguish creative individuals, but that are also applicable to “balanced” or “fulfilled” individuals. His best sections consist of longer profiles of individuals as varied as poet Anthony Hecht, ecologist Barry Commoner, and astronomer Vera Rubin. Also valuable is a concluding prescriptive section with some helpful advice to the average person on how to make his or her thinking and way of living more creative, particularly a passage on how to rethink and use a disappointing experiences, such as being passed over for a promotion. Unfortunately, redundancies make the work too long by at least a third, and some meaningless or fatuous generalizations alsomar the presentation (e.g., “Recent studies suggest that the amount of dalliance, marital infidelity and sexual experimentation [among creative people studied] is much less than earlier estimates had suggested”). Still, the rich anecdotal material Csikszentmihalyi has mined and analyzed make this an important study of a vital topic. ($40,000 ad/promo) — Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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