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These Are The Top Six Books That Will Make You More Creative

you read What are the four principles that will lead you to breakthrough creativity? and want more information, look no further. Six of the best sources I came across are below, with links and descriptions:   1) Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention Drawing on 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders, poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous theory…


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4 Principles That Will Lead You To Breakthrough Creativity

mbing through the research, what are the overarching principles that we need to know to be more innovative thinkers in everyday life? Here they are, with links to the research backing them up.   1) Relax What is most likely your daily creative peak? Your morning shower. For many of us it's the most relaxing part of our day -- and the most creative. Just being happy can make you more creative for days; seriously, just smile. Watching comedy clips…


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Are you more creative when you’re forced to work?

Daniel Akst's book Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess I found this line to be curious: At least one study of blocked writers has found that they were more productive and more creative when they were essentially forced to write instead of scribbling only when the mood struck them. So I looked up the study and, yes, it's true, being forced to write made writers more productive and more creative: Data for 3 groups of 9 ‘blocked’…


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Are future creative geniuses unpopular in high school?

s. The deliberate practice that will one day make them famous alienates them from their peers in adolescence. Via Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking: ...the single-minded focus on what would turn out to be a lifelong passion, is typical for highly creative people. According to the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who between 1990 and 1995 studied the lives of ninety-one exceptionally creative people in the arts, sciences, business, and government, many of his subjects were on the social…


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What’s a fun way to be more creative and more productive?

ke more breaks. Via the NYT: A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion. And: Management should encourage employees to devise individually effective break routines, Dr. Levine says. But he also has some general guidelines: try working in intense 15-minute bursts, punctuated by breaks, in cycles that are repeated throughout the day. This works because “the thought process is not…


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Is curiosity the key to creativity?

esearch evidence suggests a strong link between inquisitiveness and creative productivity." Via Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries: Research evidence suggests a strong link between inquisitiveness and creative productivity. In an extensive six-year study about the way creative executives in business think, for example, Professors Jeffrey Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of INSEAD, surveyed over three thousand executives and interviewed five hundred people who had either started innovative companies or invented new products. They…


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Does networking make you more creative?

..businesspeople with entropic networks full of weak ties were three times more innovative than people with small networks of close friends..." Via Imagine: How Creativity Works: Ruef then analyzed each of these entrepreneurs using an elaborate metric of innovation. He measured the number of patents they’d applied for and kept track of all their trademarks. He rated the originality of their products and gave them bonus points if they’d “entered an unexploited niche” or pioneered a new marketing method. He…


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Is Your Brain Disorganized? Research Says That’s A Good Thing

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson posits that "the more disorganized your brain is, the smarter you are" in reference to the results of a neuroscience experiment by Robert Thatcher. Across the board, in Johnson's book and other sources it seems pretty clear that creativity is messy. Ideas need to be sloshing around or crashing in to one another to produce breakthroughs: Johnson cites research showing that the volume of ideas bouncing about…


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