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The Psychology of Discovery and Invention

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Creativity (1996) is an exploration of how creative people produce groundbreaking ideas. It unpacks the commonalities between creatives and their backgrounds, and explains exactly what it is that makes a creative person able to give birth to unique concepts.

  • Artists, writers and scientists exploring human creativity
  • Creative types who dance to the beat of their own drum
  • Anyone looking for creative inspiration

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management in Claremont, California. Author of Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, The Evolving Self and Flow, Csikszentmihalyi has also written articles for Psychology Today, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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