Wired to create : unraveling the mysteries of the creative mind

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Wired to create : unraveling the mysteries of the creative mind
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New York, New York
First edition
xxxiv, 252 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Messy minds -- Ten things highly creative people do differently -- 1. Imaginative play -- 2. Passion -- 3. Daydreaming -- 4. Solitude -- 5. Intuition -- 6. Openness to experience -- 7. Mindfulness -- 8. Sensitivity -- 9. Turning adversity into advantage -- 10. Thinking differently.
"Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman's groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire's popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the "messy minds" of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes-- like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration - to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people: Imaginative Play * Passion * Daydreaming * Solitude * Intuition * Openness to Experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity - and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives."-- Provided by publisher.
"Based on the authors' wildly popular article in the Huffington Post called "18 Things That Creative People Do Differently" (which generated 5 million views and 500,000 Facebook shares in one week), this well-researched and engaging book reveals what we know about creativity, and what anyone can do to enhance this essential aspect of their lives and work"-- Provided by publisher.
Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
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