Our society is deeply conflicted about the source of excellence. On one hand, we are fascinated with child prodigies, portraying them as wonders of nature. On the other hand, we love a good “overcoming adversity” story, as it inspires us all to greatness.
About Scott Barry Kaufman
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is scientific director of the Imagination Institute and investigates the measurement and development of imagination, creativity and well-being in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written or edited six previous books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. He is also co-founder of The Creativity Post, host of The Psychology Podcast, and he writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American.
About Chia-Jung Tsay
Chia-Jung Tsay is an assistant professor of organizational behavior at UCL School of Management, University College London. Her research examines the psychological processes that influence decision making and interpersonal perception, and the role of expertise and nonconscious biases in professional selection and advancement.
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Photo: Adapted from Thomas Hawk, Graffiti by Banksy s Asimov declared in his famous 1959 essay on creativity and idea generation, “The world in general disapproves of creativity.” The idea that both current and past cultures tend to disapprove of creativity might initially seem counterintuitive. After all, don’t we all aspire to be more creative? […]
Image: Neenah Paper This article originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review. rtists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power […]