Perspectives on Creativity: Volume 2

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Perspectives on Creativity: Volume 2 extends the work of the first volume and examines creativity from multiple viewpoints. The volume contains contributions from writers, therapists, artists, and scholars from disciplines as diverse as psychology and French. The first section addresses the nature of creativity and highlights the role of self-discipline in the creative process. The second section asks what we can learn from studying artists and presents qualitative, phenomenological, quantitative, and archival research on both individuals and groups of artists. The third section discusses the use of creativity within the therapeutic setting, as well as the particular therapeutic needs of creative individuals. The final section of the book presents research exploring creative cognition and its relationship to mood and perception. What makes this book unique is the interdisciplinary consideration of the topic of creativity, the inclusion of works ranging from case studies to theoretical essays, making it appealing to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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Lynn DellaPietra, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Marymount College, where she teaches a wide variety of courses. Her research interests span the field of creativity, including such topics as the relationship between creativity and brain functioning, the chronotypology of creative individuals, the incidence of sensitive temperaments in creative individuals, and culinary creativity.

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With this second Perspectives on Creativity volume, Lynn DellaPietra brings together the professional experiences of writers and visual artists, therapeutic practitioners and behavioral researchers toward more fully framing the challenges and rewards of creativity in thought and action. Each chapter unpacks an additional puzzle piece toward understanding this uniquely human quality while several challenge social myths and previously established research. As a whole, the collection exposes the complexity that creativity rouses for diversely focused individuals and for society. --Nevin Mercede, Visual Artist/Educator Reading this book made me regret not attending the conference at which these papers were presented. Based on my perspective (problem-solving), I found many things to agree with, many to argue with, much to digest, little to dismiss. Others will have other reactions, also based on their perspectives. Reactions are what make reading valuable. This is a valuable read --Patricia D. Stokes, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University; Author of Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough In the second volume of Perspectives on Creativity, Dr DellaPietra s contribution is unusually practical while being scholarly and imaginative. Her authors include artists, writers, psychoanalysts, and researchers who explore questions of creativity in everyday life, the role of beauty and aesthetics, psychotherapy with artists, and the relation of art and madness. They look at the relation between creativity and thinking and affect, the role of creativity in treating trauma, the balance between structure and inspiration in the creative act, and the role of creativity in innovation and problem-solving in other areas of life. Most important is her understanding of the creative person and the need to protect him or her in a culture that is not always hospitable to creative people. This book will be very useful to academics, artists, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, and everyone who is interested in bringing creativity and innovation to real-life situations --Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, Psychologist and Dance/Movement Therapist; Past-President San Francisco Psychological Association; Editor of Whole Person Healthcare

Reading this book made me regret not attending the conference at which these papers were presented. Based on my perspective (problem-solving), I found many things to agree with, many to argue with, much to digest, little to dismiss. Others will have other reactions, also based on their perspectives. Reactions are what make reading valuable. This is a valuable read --Patricia D. Stokes, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University; Author of Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough

In the second volume of Perspectives on Creativity, Dr DellaPietra s contribution is unusually practical while being scholarly and imaginative. Her authors include artists, writers, psychoanalysts, and researchers who explore questions of creativity in everyday life, the role of beauty and aesthetics, psychotherapy with artists, and the relation of art and madness. They look at the relation between creativity and thinking and affect, the role of creativity in treating trauma, the balance between structure and inspiration in the creative act, and the role of creativity in innovation and problem-solving in other areas of life. Most important is her understanding of the creative person and the need to protect him or her in a culture that is not always hospitable to creative people. This book will be very useful to academics, artists, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, and everyone who is interested in bringing creativity and innovation to real-life situations --Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, Psychologist and Dance/Movement Therapist; Past-President San Francisco Psychological Association; Editor of Whole Person Healthcare

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