Creativity cannot be understood by looking only at the people who appear to make it happen.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A Hungarian-American psychologist. He recognized and named the psychological concept of "flow", a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity.

To say that Thomas Edison invented electricity or that Albert Einstein discovered relativity is a convenient simplification.

It satisfies our ancient predilection for stories that are easy to comprehend and involve superhuman heroes.

But Edison’s or Einstein’s discoveries would be inconceivable without the prior knowledge, without the intellectual and social network that stimulated their thinking, and without the social mechanisms that recognized and spread their innovations.

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Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (Book) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Design & Arts
  • Collective Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Oversimplification
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