Before the Gates of Excellence: The Determinants of Creative Genius

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CUP Archive, Jan 26, 1990 - Psychology - 300 pages
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Before the Gates of Excellence is an exceptionally well-written and lively account of the nature of productive creativity or 'genius'. It is a comprehensive survey of knowledge about productive creativity: it explores the theoretical concepts of creativity and the creative process, and attempts to explain the determining factors. Almost all schools of thought and methodological approaches are represented. 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, life experiences, etc. This clear and comprehensive account of the determinants and processes of creativity will appeal to undergraduates and graduate students of psychology and is readily accessible to the general reader.
 

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Contents

Prologue page
1
historical perspective of theory and
7
Methods used in research on productive creators
37
THE CREATIVE PERSON
47
The home environment
68
Education and career
83
Characteristics of creative achievers
103
The creators motivation
133
AND INSPIRATION
183
Specific abilities and processes involved in creative problem
202
Traditional views of the role of unconscious processes
219
a new interpretation
235
Epilogue
257
Index of names
289
Subject index
297
Copyright

The developmental pattern
160

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