Csikszentmihalyi, diagrammed for artists

Michael Yap, my husband and a current MFA candidate in the School of Visual Arts’ Interaction Design program, posted a very interesting diagram on his blog yesterday. It charts ideas from psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly’s book, “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention” (New York: Harper Collins, 1996), on findings from direct research on exceptionally creative artists, musicians, scientists, and businesspeople.

“Creativity” speaks to me as an artist–not just because it validates my experiences on living the life of an artist, but also because its subject matter corresponds to my interest in optimism, pessimism and positive psychology. I’ll post thorough notes when I’m done. In the meantime, have a look at what Michael has done with his reading:

Michael Yap, A conversation to learn, artist and the field, goal level, Id like to share an idea with you; We would like to understand your idea

Michael Yap's Conversation Systems Diagram

It’s an interesting way to look at the interaction between artist, Field, and Domain.

Have a look at the assignment and see the whole diagram on the project PDF!


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