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The Systems Model of Creativity


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Introduction.- 1. Discovery-oriented Behavior and the Originality of Artistic Products: A Study with Artists; M. Csikszentmihalyi and J.W. Getzels.- 2. The Personality of Young Artists: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration; M. Csikszentmihalyi and J.W. Getzels.- 3. Culture, Time, and the Development of Talent ; M. Csikszentmihalyi and R. Robinson.- 4. Society, Culture, and Person: A Systems View of Creativity; M. Csikszentmihalyi.- 5. Solving a Problem is not Finding a New One: A Response to Herbert Simon: M. Csikszentmihalyi.- 6. Shifting the Focus from Individual to Organizational Creativity; M. Csikszentmihalyi and K. Sawyer.- 7. Creative Insight: The Social Dimension of a Solitary Moment: M. Csikszentmihalyi and K. Sawyer.- 8. Creativity and Genius: A Systems Perspective; M. Csikszentmihalyi and K. Sawyer.- 9. The Social Construction of Creative Lives; C. Mockros and M. Csikszentmihalyi.- 10. New Conceptions and Research Approaches to Creativity: Implications of a Systems Perspective for Creativity in Education; M. Csikszentmihalyi and R. Wolfe.- 11. The Pauling; J. Nakamura and M. Csikszentmihalyi.- 12. The Motivational Sources of Creativity as Viewed from the Paradigm of Positive Psychology; J. Nakamura and M. Csikszentmihalyi.- 13. The Group as Mentor: Social Capital and the Systems Model of Creativity; C. Hooker, J. Nakamura and M. Csikszentmihalyi.- 14. The Artistic Personality: A Systems Perspective; S. Abuhamdeh and M. Csikszentmihalyi.- 15. Creativity through the Life Span from an Evolutionary Systems Perspective; M. Csikszentmihalyi and J. Nakamura.- 16. Cortical Regions Involved in the Generation of Musical Structures During Improvisation in Pianists; S.L. Bengtsson, M. Csikszentmihalyi and F. Ullen.- 17. Creativity and Responsibility; M. Csikszentmihalyi and J. Nakamura.- 18. Complexity and Creativity; G. Gute, J. Nakamura and M. Csikszentmihalyi.

About the Author

A Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. Now at Claremont Graduate University, he is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College. He is noted for both his work in the study of happiness and creativity and also for his notoriously difficult name, in terms of pronunciation for non-native speakers of the Hungarian language, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic. He is the author of many books and over 120 articles or book chapters. Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, described Csikszentmihalyi as the world's leading researcher on positive psychology. Csikszentmihalyi once said "Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason." His works are influential and are widely cited.

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