I’m reading this strangely fascinating book right now called The Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr. Actually, it is sort of hit or miss in discussing why people are creative. When it hits, though, it has some great points to make. Anyway, the main reason I mentioning the book was this quote Storr uses from historian Bernard Berenson. He quoted him as saying that he once defined genius as
the capacity for productive reaction against one’s training.
Basically, I just liked the quote and I think it has many applications to the creative mind. Plus, it makes me see some of my students in a different light.