Handbook of Creativity

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Robert J. Sternberg
Cambridge University Press, 1999 - Psychology - 490 pages
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The goal of this handbook is to provide the most comprehensive, definitive, and authoritative single-volume review available in the field of creativity. The book contains twenty-two chapters covering a wide range of issues and topics in the field of creativity, all written by distinguished leaders in the field. The volume is divided into six parts. The introduction sets out the major themes and reviews the history of thinking about creativity. Subsequent parts deal with methods, origins, self and environment, special topics and conclusions. All educated readers with an interest in creative thinking will find this volume to be accessible and engrossing.
  

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Meditation
Meditation is a technique which has been prevalent ever since time immemorial in all cultures of the worls, in some form or the other. Meditation as a therapy dates back to the ancient times. It is very effective means of healing. Where other forms of treatment fail, meditation has been found to be quite useful.
Meditation enables disciplining the mind and also an instrument for acquiring mental peace. It helps in focusing ones attention on a particular goal and in the process increases creativity, self awareness, clarity of purpose and for a ardent practitioner it becomes a mode of acquiring emancipation also.
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Acupressure
Acupressure is used to relive a variety of symptoms and pain. Acupressure is like touch therapy which uses principles of both acupuncture as well as Chinese medicine. In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture that are stimulated with figure pressure rather than inserting needles. It is a drugless and a safe treatment that stimulates blood and the nervous system of the body. It is based on the scientific technique of massage and pressure and has preventive and curative effect.
It is believed that all the organs, glands and systems of our body are reflected in our hands and feet that are allocated certain. When a certain amount of pressure is applied on these specific points there is a normal flow of energy called “chi” that helps in strengthening, calming or removing a blockage of the flow. This not only helps in curing diseases but also helps in the maintenance of good health and beauty.
Acupressure is known by many names in different parts of the world, like Acupressure without needless, concentrated massage, Shiastu, Pointed Pressure Therapy, Zone Therapy, Reflexology and many others.
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Reiki
Reiki also known as Universal (Spiritually guided) Life Energy is of Japanese origin consisting of 2 words Rei and Ki, an energy that is found in all human beings. Eastern medical philosophy has always emphasized the superiority of maintaining good health over curing illness. Reiki is a preventive medicine par excellence. But it is even more: When practicing Reiki on yourself or others, you experience both its preventive and its curative functions at the same time. If you have a disease, Reiki will promote your health and longevity. This preventive cum curative quality of Reiki makes it a unique healing system.
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Yoga
Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: yóga) refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines that originated in India. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Bhudhism and Jainism. Within Hinduism, it also refers to one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal towards which that school directs its practices. In Jainism, yoga is the sum total of all activities — mental, verbal and physical.
Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Rāja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. According to the authoritative Indian philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, yoga, based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, comprises one of the six main Hindu schools of philosophy (darshanas), together with Kapila's Samkhya, Gautama's Nyaya, Kanada's Vaisheshika, Jaimini's Purva Mimamsa, and Badarayana's Uttara Mimamsa or Vedanta. Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.
The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj", meaning "to control", "to yoke" or "to unite". Translations include "joining", "uniting", "union", "conjunction", and "means". It is also possible that the word yoga derives from "yujir samadhau," which means "contemplation" or "absorption. This translation fits better with
 

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Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, is Provost and Senior Vice President as well as Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. His PhD is from Stanford and he holds 11 honorary doctorates. Sternberg is the author of roughly 1250 publications and has won two dozen awards. He is President-Elect of the Federation of Associations of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, President of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, and a former President of the American Psychological Association.

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