Strategies of Genius, Vol 1 by Robert Dilts is a hardcore approach to mapping the inner psychology and mental processes of 4 creative geniuses: Aristotle, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Sherlock Holmes, Walt Disney and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Using the modelling technologies of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Dilts deconstructs the mystique behind these famous men and lays out the methodology of thinking just like them. Imagine that! A lot of existing creative thinking techniques involve role play, 'fake it till you make it' approaches or the 'borrowing of heads' where you try to think like a famous creative genius. Remember the old catch phrase, "what would Jesus do?", which is a classic example of trying to elevate one's thinking to a more expanded, powerful level?
Strategies of Genius, Vol 1 takes this to a whole new level. Robert Dilts is one of the foremost NLP instructors in the world. His journey with NLP goes right back to the early days when the NLP pioneering duo Richard Bandler and John Grinder were still together. An awesome intellect in his own right, Robert Dilts is incredibly thorough and serious in chunking down the meta strategies of how these 4 geniuses used their minds to think in incredibly creative ways.
This book is absolutely fascinating. And it's promise is a great one. That you might learn to think just like one of these world famous creative thinkers. A word of warning however. If you are completely unfamilliar with NLP, it might be better to start with a more introductory book on general NLP so that you can become familliar with the concepts that are bandied and the specific jargon that NLP'ers use to map mental processes. Believe me, this is well worth it for its an amazing route to self knowledge and self development.
Strategies of Genius, Vol 1 is probably quite an obscure book. But the fact that not many people have or will read it doesn't do it any justice at all. This is an incredible book and definitely worth your study.