This book is a structural analysis of creativity. It proposes that there are five essential, recursive, confluent macrosystems that require interconnectedness and intentional evolution for the fruition of creativity, of mastery, of self-efficacy, and of spiritual self-growth. The five systems are: (1) knowledge, (2) mental operations, (3) rich emotional worlds, (4) a sense of purpose, and (5) connecting with others. This text includes an overview of previous research on creativity, while proposing a new theory based on confluence theory, the belief that creativity is best understood as an intersection and recursive interaction among confluencing systems.
Richard Brower is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wagner College.
Chapter 1 Perspective Chapter 2 A Thunderstorm of the Soul Chapter 3 Confluence Theory Chapter 4 Shoulders Chapter 5 Five Systems of Creativity Chapter 6 Knowledge Chapter 7 Operations Chapter 8 Affect Chapter 9 Time Chapter 10 The Social Chapter 11 Discussion Chapter 12 Logonetics Chapter 13 Five Keys and the Cultivation of Creativity Chapter 14 Affirmations Chapter 15 Heuristics Chapter 16 A Ten-Step Program Chapter 17 Virtue Over Pleasure Chapter 18 Creativity as a Balancing Act