Creativity Not Just for Artists
Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life (Harvard Health Publications)
Vanessa Harrison @ 2010-10-06
"Your Creative Brain" is a must-read for anyone who is looking to find solutions to the challenges they face in everyday life. From how to do your job better to how to handle a challenging relationship to how to create a piece of art, Dr. Carson shows you how learning to be more creative (and you can learn!) can help you be a more successful person.
I got an advanced copy of this book from a friend of mine in the media and I really enjoyed it. I know that Dr. Carson has been teaching at Harvard for years, but her voice and tone was anything but Ivy League Elitist. She makes the case that creativity allowed the cavemen to move beyond their basic way of life to pave the way to our modern accomplishments. She winds the ribbon of the caveman throughout her book in the form of lighthearted cartoons that provide unexpected and much enjoyed comic relief.
This book is packed with information, no doubt about it - each chapter is a description of one of the seven brainsets Dr. Carson sees as being involved in the creative process. Within each chapter is also a set of steps you can do to increase your ability to do that particular brain set. After going through the whole book, I felt like I had got the expertise and know-how of a whole semester course. My recommendation is to go slowly through the book, take your time with each chapter and allowing a chance for the information to sink in before heading into the next one.
I read lots of books that are supposed to help me do something, like be better at this or do that, and very few actually have me finishing them up thinking I really learned something. "Your Creative Brain" doesn't just regurgitate the same old tips on creativity you've heard 1,000 times - this is much deeper, much more insightful, and much more worth your time than any other self-improvement out there right now. I give this book five very enthusiastic stars!
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