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Defying the Crowd: Simple Solutions to the Most Common Relationship Problems
     

Defying the Crowd: Simple Solutions to the Most Common Relationship Problems

by Robert J. Sternberg, Todd I. Lubart
 

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World renowned psychologist Robert Sternberg presents a fresh and compelling picture of the creative process from the inception of an idea to its ultimate success. With illuminating examples, Sternberg reveals the paths we all can take to become more creative and shows how institutions can learn to foster creativity.

“What is creative is new and often

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World renowned psychologist Robert Sternberg presents a fresh and compelling picture of the creative process from the inception of an idea to its ultimate success. With illuminating examples, Sternberg reveals the paths we all can take to become more creative and shows how institutions can learn to foster creativity.

“What is creative is new and often brings about positive change. But what is new is also strange, and what is strange can be scary, even threatening—which is why ‘they’ don’t want to hear it. But they are unwise not to listen, for the creative person with original ideas is the one who, with support, will advance and improve the milieu to the benefit of all.” —from Defying the Crowd

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Library Journal
Sternberg (psychology and education, Yale) and Lubart propose that creativity, like intelligence, is something everyone has and that it can be developed. Able to generate/intuit new and possibly unpopular ideas and work with determination to make these ideas accepted by others, creative people, the authors state, have the willingness to take sensible risks to go against the crowd in effective ways. These traits may explain why commercial, educational, and political institutions make great overtures to creativity but are seldom truly able to integrate it. Sternberg (editor of Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence, LJ 1/95, among many others) and Lubart also discuss the difference between creative potential and creative performance. They include individual chapters on the six personal, creative resources: intelligence, knowledge, thinking style, personality, motivation, and the environmental context. While not a "how-to" book, their work is accessible and appropriate for general psychology collections in larger public libraries and recommended for academic psychology collections.-Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
Brian McCombie
Sternberg and Lubart take a decidedly different look at creativity that many will find quite revealing. The subject here is not the Einsteins or Picassos of the world, but average people and their ability to be creative. The biggest hurdle to being creative, the authors argue, is the existence of so much pressure in our society "not" to be original and different. In spite of their claims to the contrary, many people "just don't want to hear" anything new. Naturally, the book condemns this mentality and discusses ways that people can develop their own creativity. The authors dissect the roles of knowledge, intelligence, environment, and motivation in their analysis of the creative mind. In the larger sense, by asserting that most people can be intellectually inventive at some level, they are in conflict with the belief that only the few possess such powers. Creativity at its democratic best.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439105948
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
01/15/2002
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Sternberg is an American psychologist, and psychometrician, Professor of Psychology and Provost at Oklahoma State University. He was formerly the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University, and the President of the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Psychologist.

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