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

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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.

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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.
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This compelling picture of the creative process draws upon pathbreaking research to point out how energized thinking in business and education can still flourish in a sometimes reluctant world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743236478
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Nature of Creativity 1
2 What Is Creativity and Who Needs It? 11
3 An Investment Perspective on Creativity 41
4 Some Implications of the Investment View 71
5 The Role of Intelligence in Creativity 93
6 The Role of Knowledge in Creativity 149
7 The Role of Thinking Styles in Creativity 175
8 The Role of Personality in Creativity 205
9 The Relation of Motivation to Creativity 233
10 The Relation Between the Environment and Creativity 251
11 Putting It All Together: The Creative Spirit 283
Epilogue 297
References 301
Index 317
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