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The Dynamics of Creation [KINDLE] ❆ The Dynamics of Creation Author Anthony Storr – What drives the artist to create masterpieces and the scientist to forge breakthrough theories This is the fundamental uestion that British psychiatrist Anthony Storr sets out to answer in The Dynamic What drives the artist to create masterpieces and the scientist to forge breakthrough theories This is the fundamental uestion that British The Dynamics MOBI :↠ psychiatrist Anthony Storr sets out to answer in The Dynamics of CreationStorr begins by debunking the popular notion that creative people are necessarily motivated by neurosis Although creativity can spring from a desire for power wealth prestige or sexual conuest at its deepest level it is an integrative impulse that both nourishes and consoles the human soul In probing the origins and the conseuences of creativity Storr paints brief stunningly insightful portraits of an astonishing range of gifted individuals including Leonardo da Vinci Darwin Mozart Einstein Kafka Newton Balzac and Wagner A brilliant synthesis of psychology biography cultural analysis and artistic appreciationRich and rewarding Full of wise and humane understanding The Economist.

8 thoughts on “The Dynamics of Creation

  1. Aurélien Thomas Aurélien Thomas says:

    What drive scientists and artists to create? Anthony Storr was a psychiatrist so it's no wonder he is approaching the problem here from a psychodynamic perspective As such I personally found 'The Dynamics of Creation' uite a tough read as I am uite unfamiliar with psychoanalysis and its share of jargon and abstract meanderings Yet insightful it wasn't difficult to the point of being inaccessible and considering its punchy conclusion I was happy to have followed the author's reasoning It may seem hard even dull at times but the journey worth it Here's indeed a ground breaking book which published in 1972 shattered many misconceptions about creativity and in so doing redefined our view of what it means to engage with art especiallyIn fact what used to set the author apart from his predecessors and colleagues in the field is that he didn't reduce creativity as being solely wish fulfilment and sublimation of primitive drives and work of art the by product and reflection only of neurosis of some sort sexual in particular since it's what Freud seemed to have been mostly concerned about Not that he disagreed with such view; but as with psychoanalysis as a whole such approach had its limit that he clearly acknowledgedHere was indeed the problem because it tended to focus on creation as a result psychoanalysis as applied in a purely Freudian tradition completely ignored it as a process Hence it couldn't explain fully what motivate the drive to create nor why for that matter creativity is such an important human endeavourNow sure he too uses psychiatry and focuses on schizoid and depressive temperaments to try and find some sort of explanation is there a link between some mental illnesses and creativity? since among unusually highly creative people many suffered from personality disorders of some sorts But what he actually does by taking the extreme examples of such creative and mentally ill personalities is to connect their reasons to create with the working psyche of everyone else His claim indeed again ground breaking for his time is that their work resonate within us all because the psychodynamic forces that motivate them are also present within us all 'Creativity is one mode adopted by gifted people of coming to terms with or finding symbolic solutions for the internal tensions and dissociations from which all human beings suffer in varying degree The less gifted find other less obviously creative solutions '' highly creative people are just extreme examples of a general human phenomenon'This may seem obvious now but at the time it made for a new and staggering conclusion that is creativity is adaptative It is not a trait apart from other human behaviours those evolutionary purpose is evident whole chapters are dedicated to play It also is itself a behaviour that serves an evolutionary purpose Which one? That's where Anthony Storr concludes with a brilliant discussion of Carl Jung's concept of 'individuation'Here's a tough and challenging read for those unfamiliar with the psychoanalytic intricacies Yet once surmounted the jargon and dull and often dry writing style of the author unfolds an exciting view of creation It took a psychiatrist having himself a deep appreciation for science and art it shows in his portrait of various personalities to extirpate creativity from the grip of those who just wanted to see it as solely 'neurotic'Ground breaking and significant

  2. Christen Christen says:

    My guess is this book was groundbreaking when it was published in the 1970s When Storr talks about the artist he along with Freud is only talking about men despite the fact that women have been creating art for centuries Further the book is entirely concerned with Freud's theory that all artists ie men create out of wish fulfillment Well I hardly care for Freud whether in psychoanalysis or literary criticism so Storr need not bother convincing me I picked up the book because it was referenced in another book I read and enjoyed Unfortunately I can't remember which one now It was a wasted effort

  3. Maureen Maureen says:

    Incredibly interesting book Great psychoanalysis of Einstein Ian Fleming and others It's so interesting to read this exploration of the creative impulse mostly in writers I don't think that the conclusions drawn by Anthony Storr are necessarily correct but he is very detailed and amusing in his examination of the possible explanations Just a great read

  4. Ilze Ilze says:

    Anthony Storr is a clearly a follower of Freud Be that as it may his in depth study into the what's and why for's that come about when humans engage in creative activity is uite interesting

  5. David David says:

    This is a very intelligent enuiry into the mind of creative people A previous reviewer stated he was a follower of Freud from my experience of reading Anthony Storr i wouldnt say that this was the case he clearly knows Freud's work very well but he clearly states that Freud misses the mark when it comes to creativity and that Storr's outcomes are of much relevance to todays understanding of creative minds and he shows Jung was much advanced in his views of creativity than Freud I made 4 pages of A4 notes whilst reading so for me that gives an indication of how much i enjoyed reading it i think people will get out of it if they are creatively inclined and they write music or paint or write poetryliterature Thats not to say someone who isnt creatively minded wont enjoy it i think they would get a lot out of it especially if they know someone who is creativeThere is a huge amount of detailed research and Storr's understanding of the human condition makes it a fascinating read I could uote many sections of this book but i'll actually uote 2 other people that Storr uses Gibbon Conversation enriches the understanding but solitude is the school of genius and Einstein I live in that solitude which is painful in youth but delicious in the years of maturity

  6. Mari Mari says:

    It is a long time ago that I read it but it was stunning at the time Unlike an review of it which I just read todayI didn't feel that Storr necessarily says in this book that creative people are mentally unwell I think he simply takes the various extremes of some exceptional creatives and shows how their personalities shaped the work they did He ceertainly describes the creative process and how life becomes art I would personally always separate creative work from therapy writing and painting can be used in therapy maybe can be therapy but the creation of art is not purely therapy for the soul Besides what is wrong with turning personal suffering into a universal statement of what it is to be human?

  7. Rosie Rosie says:

    uality of the writing 3uality of the contentorganisationresearch 3Impact on my perspective 1Resonance 4 Rereading potential 1Overall score 25The reason I read it I read a few of Anthony Storr's books back in 2017 Somehow this one sat around ever since because it seemed psychoanalysis based and I wasn't sure if it was worth the time Review The Dynamics of Creation is an exploration of the motivations of individuals who engage in creative work with a focus on writing art music and science Freud viewed creativity as a neurotic symptom caused by unfulfilled sexual urges and a means of wish fulfilment for people who fail to obtain what they desire the most Anthony Storr disagreed with this take and believed it was possible for people to create out of motives other than wish fulfilment Storr writes that creative work can serve much positive functions helping people to avoid mental breakdowns make sense of the world substitute for approval they may lack elsewhere and so on As the book progresses he puts together a theory of creativity being akin to a combination of play and ritual both of which serve important survival functions He ends on the suggestion that we are doomed to always be unfulfilled   no one gets everything they want in life In what seems like an effort to incorporate evolutionary biology into psychoanalysis Storr writes that inevitable unfulfillment is adaptive as it prompts us to cope with it through creativity which then leads to beneficial inventions Storr frustrates me to no end because his books are full of gems but he also happened to be a psychoanalyst When he steps away from Freud as in Feet of Clay and Solitude A Return To The Self he's brilliant and insightful When he doesn't as in The Dynamics of Creation he keeps getting right to the point of saying something illuminating only to lapse into a few pages about mothers and excrement I can't blame him for this   we're all subject to the prevailing science of our time psychoanalysis is still popular and as a therapy there's probably not much difference between its efficacy and that of modern schools see the dodo bird theorySo this book is an enjoyable read if you find psychoanalysis interesting in a historical way I do The final theory didn't make much sense to me; the pieces were somewhat coherent it was just hard to tell if they were intended to be one overarching theory or a few strands of unlinked thought Storr touches upon a few points with standalone merit and gives a fresh take on figures such as Newton and Einstein Interesting tidbits 'Moreover the less satisfaction a person gains by interacting with people and things in the external world the will he be preoccupied with his own inner world of fantasy' 'The most remarkable thing about Einstein's achievement is that his discoveries were made almost entirely by thought alone unsupported at first by much experiment or indeed by much mathematics' 'Newton's discoveries like Einstein's depended upon an extreme scepticism of authority combined with a powerful drive to make a new synthesis which would make sense out of the universe' 'Symbolic ritualistic activity can be seen as a link between the inner and outer worlds of the subject; a bridge which facilitates the transfer of emotional energy from one world to the other Moreover the traffic operates in both directions' 'In many species of animal for example the social insects there is little conflict between the interests of the group as a whole and the interests of the individual But primates man included are programmed in such a way that the interests of the community and the interests of the group are often at odds with one another' 'The power of abstraction is the beginning of wisdom'

  8. Jeffrey Anthony Jeffrey Anthony says:

    Absolutely painful and straight up embarrassing read

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