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On becoming an artist : reinventing yourself through mindful creativity

Author: Ellen J Langer
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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[In this book, the author] shows us that creativity is not a rare gift that only some special few are born with, but rather an integral part of everyone's makeup. All of us can express our creative impulses- authentically and uniquely-and, in the process, enrich our lives. Why then do so many of us merely dream of someday painting, someday writing, someday making music? Why do we think the same old thoughts, harbor  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen J Langer
OCLC Number: 60334386
Notes: Originally published: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2005. 1st ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Life of mindful creativity --
Becoming authentic --
Tyranny of evaluation --
Mindfulness of mistakes --
Rule of absolutes --
Mindlessness of social comparison --
Myth of talent --
Blindness of knowing --
From reference to preference --
Mindful choice.
Responsibility: Ellen J. Langer.

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[In this book, the author] shows us that creativity is not a rare gift that only some special few are born with, but rather an integral part of everyone's makeup. All of us can express our creative impulses- authentically and uniquely-and, in the process, enrich our lives. Why then do so many of us merely dream of someday painting, someday writing, someday making music? Why do we think the same old thoughts, harbor the same old prejudices, stay stuck in the same old mud? Who taught us to think "inside the box"? [In the book], she describes dozens of fascinating experiments-her own and those of her colleagues-that are designed to study mindfulness and its relation to human creativity, and she shares the profound implications of the results-for our well-being, health, and happiness. [She also] reveals myriad insights, among them: We think we should already know what only firsthand experience can teach us.-Dust jacket.

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