This book explains how to unlock unlimited personal creativity and to create a culture that supports emotional health, inventiveness, and success through a comprehensive examination of creative thinking that integrates theoretical, scientific, psychological, and sociological perspectives.
• Serves as a unique resource for mental health professionals to help their patients to overcome multiple issues as well as a text for students in fields such as psychology, art, leadership and development, educational leadership, early childhood education, and structural organization
• Approaches creativity in a way that is applicable toand important forbusiness leaders, who can use the principles outlined and exercises included as the foundation of creativity trainings to boost performance and productivity
• Suggests a number of principles policymakers can use to improve the education system, the health care system, and more
• Features contributions from a breadth of experts, including renowned artists, musicians, scientists, and specialists in the areas of creativity, neurology, technology, education, management, health policy, and arts and music
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.
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
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"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 capabilitiesor that of othersthis book is a must read."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"An overview of creative progression, with generous source references throughout, including a summary of recent psychological and neurological research that highlights several main theoretical approaches in the field. . . . Recommended." - ChoiceFrom the Publisher