Creativity and Affect

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Melvin P. Shaw, Mark A. Runco
Ablex Publishing Corporation, Jan 1, 1994 - Education - 280 pages
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The authors of this volume attempt to cohere the field of creativity and affect in a scholarly fashion by categorizing and characterizing some of its major features, including environmental influences; underlying processes; specific affective states; the role of atypical or pathological personalities; unconscious processes; physiological components; proactive and reactive stimuli; intrinsic motivation; eminence versus everyday creativity; and testing of assessing the affective component of creativity. The authors also examine and discuss the role that emotions, feelings and moods play in the creative process. This volume also provides a vehicle for students and psychotherapists, with which they can fully appreciate the feelings generated by the creative process and the various stages of it. How does a creator feel during its more mundane phases? Can he or she tolerate the frustration of failing and being unsuccessful most of the time? What is the real joy of achievement, success, and ultimate acceptance by one's peers in a given field? Do we have to exhibit major psychopathological features in order to achieve eminence in specific fields? What is the role of mind altering substances, mood disorders, and the like? This volume answers these questions and more.

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Contents

Affective Components of Scientific Creativity
3
Why the Association?
44
Bipolar Disorder and Creativity
73
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About the author (1994)

Mark A. Runco is E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creativity and Gifted Education at the University of Georgia, Athens. He has also taught at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, and California State University, Fullerton. He is a Fellow and Past President of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association and the founder of the Creativity Research Journal, of which he remains editor-in-chief. Runco is currently co-editing the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Creativity.

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