More on Creativity

Voice Card  -  Volume 22  -  Janine Card Number 3  -  Thu, Oct 24, 1991 9:14 PM

This is a response to VC 21 Larry 6 ("Dr. Sternberg")...

I'm currently reading a GREAT book on creativity, The Courage to Create, by Rollo May. Maybe when I finish I'll write a book review on it. His theory has much in common with Sternberg's. I just started the chapter entitled "The Delphic Oracle as Therapist." So far, the book has been captivating and thought-provoking, not to mention inspiring.

May, too, feels there is a neccessary anxiety or "suffering" on the part of the creator. He examines the intensity of the encounter the artist has with his/her subject, the "seeing" of the subject in a completely new way. The anxiety comes from the disparity between the vision in the artist's mind and the actual results being created. It also has a great deal to do with self-doubt and low self-esteem, which May observes to be common traits among artists.

May has some very interesting theories and insights, most of which I'm still in the process of absorbing. Has anyone else read this book and would care to comment?