Brainstorm!: Practice for Unrestricted Imagination and Original Thought

Brainstorm!: Practice for Unrestricted Imagination and Original Thought

by Olga Zbarskaya


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440853937
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/2016
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Olga Zbarskaya, PhD, is an internationally published author and director of policy, research, and program development for one of New York's leading human services organizations.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: My Journey toward Creativity xvii

I Creativity: What, When, Where, How, and Why? 1

1 The History of Creativity 3

2 The Study of Creativity 8

3 Characteristics of Creativity 22

II Creativity and the Mind 35

4 The Activity of the Brain 37

5 Creativity, Perception, and Replication 47

6 The Eureka Effect: "Aha!," Idea Generation, and Patterns of Thinking 58

7 Creativity and Mental Disorders 76

III Creativity and Development 85

8 Creativity as a Necessity for Human Development and Education 87

9 The Impact of Personal Characteristics, Training, and Failures on Creativity: Interviews with Creative Individuals 103

IV Creativity in Different Spheres of Social Life 121

10 Creative Practices in a Complex Environment 123

11 Creativity, Poetry, and Music 128

12 Creativity in the Visual and Performing Arts 145

13 Creativity and Science 154

14 Creativity in Health Care and Nutrition 162

15 Creativity, Evolving Technology, and Delivering Information 173

V Holistic Perspective on Creativity 183

16 Embracing Holistic Perspectives of the World 185

17 Causes, Effects, and Multiple Perspectives 192

18 Creativity, Complexity, and Uncertainty 202

VI Creativity and Self-Determination 223

19 Freedom to Create, Humor, and .Self-Preservation 225

20 Creativity, Stress, and Aggression 237

21 Decision Making and Problem Solving 246

VII Creativity and Environment 263

22 The Role of Environmental Factors in Creative Performance 265

23 Creativity, Culture, and Social Movements 279

Conclusion: Making Room for New Perspectives 297

Appendix 303

Index 311

What People are Saying About This

Carmen Maria Sepúlveda

"Brainstorm! opens doors for readers to reconnect with and build their creativity, which brings an enormous energy to continue growing and evolving. Dr. Zbarskaya is an incredibly creative, talented, and sensitive individual who sees everyone's potential, and helps them find their inner strengths."

Yelena Doljansky

"This book is a great source for anyone striving to achieve dynamic results, across spheres. It helps maximize your potential, enriches you with multiple creative ideas, and offers outstanding practical exercises to improve your thinking process!"

Cyril Jacobs

"Never have there been such in-depth analysis and breakdown of the core understanding of the possibilities for the human experience. To understand and tap into one's potential, and appreciate her/his unique experience and capabilities—or that of others—this book is a must read."

Elina Pales

"A detailed guide to understanding the different ways human creativity works, this book provides readers with fun tools for training their own creative thought, which will enhance their intelligence and their everyday life."

Gregory Gurevich

"Always finding innovative paths to gain new perspective, Dr. Zbarskaya gives us in Brainstorm! 'universal' guides to overcome obstacles in practically any field of human activity. An amazing book with endless information and research, I highly recommend reading this."

Uchenna Ekwo

"Brainstorm! empowers its readers with critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to survive the vicissitudes of contemporary society. Writing for a wide audience, the author applies cultural intelligence in ways that make the book accessible to an increasingly globalized world."

Orit Hirsh

"Creativity is rapidly becoming an important 21st-century skill. But what does it mean to be truly creative and how can you unleash your creativity? In this remarkable book, Dr. Zbarskaya teaches us how to unleash the dormant creativity in our students and in ourselves. This is a must-read for anyone in education or in the field of educational technology."

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Brainstorm!: Practice for Unrestricted Imagination and Original Thought 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Marina_D More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I purchased this book! I found this book so inspirational. The visuals in this book are wonderful and calming to the soul. I really believe that creativity is so important in everyday life - it makes life fufilling and interesting. Cultivating creativity is crucial for our evolution. This book provides you with the tools and techniques that can be used with young children as well as adults. I can't wait to put these skills to the test and use them to succeed in my job and in my personal life. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow and change their lives for the better!
Sam1978 More than 1 year ago
This book has been amazing. It provides the reader with a method of thinking required to achieve success in everything you do. I have applied the methods in this book to my every day life and I could not be happier. Dr. Olga Zbarskaya knows exactly what shes talking about. l have used a few recommended methods of thinking and I believe it has made me all-around more creative, patient and successful in terms of developing my internet marketing business, as well as my day care business.