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Everyday Creativity and the Healthy Mind

Dynamic New Paths for Self and Society

  • Ruth Richards

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ruth Richards
    Pages 1-10
  3. NEW OPENINGS (Creative Product: 1st of Four P’s)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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      Pages 13-31
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      Pages 33-49
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      Pages 51-65
  4. AHA! MOMENT (Creative Process)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
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      Pages 69-81
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      Pages 83-97
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      Pages 99-117
  5. LIVING CREATIVELY (Creative Person and Press)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
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      Pages 135-152
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      Pages 153-170
  6. NORMAL AND ABNORMAL (Not What Some Think)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
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      Pages 193-212
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  7. NEW DIRECTIONS (Going Deeper)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
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      Pages 243-265
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      Pages 285-306
  8. NOW WHAT?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
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      Pages 337-350
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 351-390

About this book

Introduction

“Our health and wellbeing depend on the kind of innovative thinking found in abundance in this book.” 
- Judith V Jordan, Director, Jean Baker Miller Institute, Wellesley College, USA

“At times confessional, intimate, joyous, funny, playful, challenging, direct, provocative, deep, and wide-ranging, this book is always engaging, run-through with erudition, and just ‘pops’ with ideas on every page.”

- Nick Wilson, Reader in Creativity, Arts & Cultural Management, King's College London, UK. Formerly, professional vocalist in early music ensembles and an arts manager/ promoter

 “Dr.  Richards has given us a book that combines scholarly examination of creativity research with encouragement to all of us who may at times unknowingly incorporate creativity into our everyday activities.”

- Antoinette Jakobi, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical School, USA


As human beings we all have creative potential, a quality essential to human development and a vital component to healthy and happy lives. However this may often remain stifled by the choices we make, or ways in which we choose to live in our daily lives. Framed by the “Four Ps of Creativity” – product, person, process, press – this book offers an alternative understanding of the fundamentals of ordinary creativity. Ruth Richards highlights the importance of “process”, circumventing our common preoccupation with the product, or creative outcome, of creativity. By focusing instead on the creator and the creative process, she demonstrates how we may enhance our relationships with life, beauty, future possibilities, and one another. This book illustrates how our daily life styles and choices, as well as our environments, may enable and allow creativity; whereas environments not conducive to creative flow may kill creative potential. Also explored are questions of ‘normality’, beauty and nuance in creativity, as well as creative relationships.


Keywords

Four Ps of Creativity Lifetime Creativity Scales Alterations of consciousness Mindfulness Wallas’s five stages of creative process Chaos and complexity theory Creative Palette wellbeing psychology of creativity cultural psychology creativity studies Creative space Relational creativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth Richards
    • 1
  1. 1.PsychologySaybrook UniversityOakland, CAUSA

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