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Rosen, V.H. (1962). Creativity and the Individual. Summaries of Selected Literature in Psychology and Psychiatry: By Morris I. Stein and Shirley J. Heinze. Glencoe, Ill.: The Free Press, Inc., 1961. 428 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 31:271-272.
(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:271-272
Creativity and the Individual. Summaries of Selected Literature in Psychology and Psychiatry: By Morris I. Stein and Shirley J. Heinze. Glencoe, Ill.: The Free Press, Inc., 1961. 428 pp.
Review by: Victor H. Rosen
The increasing importance of the subject of creativity for economic survival is attested by the fact that this book is a publication of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. It is an annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and monographs related to the subject indicated by the title.
The book is divided into the following sections: 1, Criteria of Creativity; 2, The Creative Process, both general and with subdivisions in specific fields; 3, Heredity; 4, The Nervous System; 5, Age; 6, Early Experience; 7, Religion; 8, Cognitive Factors; 9, Personality Characteristics and Motivational Factors; 10, Psychopathology; 11, Statistical Studies; 12, The Stimulation of Creativity (pedagogical considerations); and finally 13, a chapter on Symposia and Surveys of the Literature.
The time covered ranges from the historical landmarks of psychological literature, such as Galton's work on Heredity in Genius (1870), to contemporary contributions. The bibliography, as the authors freely acknowledge, is far from exhaustive. Significant articles have been chosen from a wide variety of psychological schools and points of view. There is a fair sprinkling of psychoanalytic references. The reviewer might complain not about those that are included but about the exclusion of others. However, in such an ambitious project one must be modest in one's demands.
It is difficult to gauge the quality of the summaries, some of which are mere annotations, as the subtitle implies, while others are fairly complete abstracts of the papers cited. Where the reviewer is familiar with the original work he finds that the summaries are accurate and give a good idea of the authors' major purpose.
A bibliography such as the present one has a potentially large area of usefulness for those who are engaged in some aspect of the study of creativity or special abilities.
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