From the Publisher:
An exceptionally well-written and lively account of the nature of productive creativity or genius. This is the most comprehensive survey of current knowledge about productive creativity yet to appear. It explores the theoretical concepts of creativity and the creative process, attempts to explain the determining factors, and represents almost all schools of thought and methodological approaches. The facts and ideas discussed are drawn not only from the findings of psychological research, but also from biographical studies, autobiographical accounts and personal documents, illustrating the interacting influences of social environments, personality, and life experiences. The book begins with a brief historical overview of traditional ideas, theories, and research on creativity and genius. Next, common features in the personal characteristics, backgrounds, early experiences, and motivations of eminent creators are examined, and an explanation is developed of how these influences may act together to promote the development of creative ability. The final section considers the nature of creative thinking and inspiration, with a critical examination of traditional theories, and new explanations. This will be a useful and informative book for both general readers and undergraduate and graduate students of psychology, education, and sociology.