Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life Paperback – Apr 22 1989
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Using as analogy the scientific principle that energy follows the path of least resistance, the founder of the DMA seminars attempts an easily assimilated self-help book--a substantial revision of his 1984 best seller. He argues that just as wind moves around natural obstructions, seeking the path of least resistance, so do we attempt to move around the structures of our lives--getting by with as few hassles as possible. Fritz's advice is to modify the structures, enabling the creative energy within to flourish instead of dissipate. Initially, his focus is clear; but numerous citings of well-known psychologists and famous movers and shakers (Einstein, Henry Moore, etc.) grow tiresome as Fritz drones on, losing us in excess verbiage. Some valuable sections, but most will find this tedious. Not recommended.
- Kevin M. Roddy, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
I first became acquainted with this excellent book just about 10 years ago and its fresh approach to catalyzing creativity in step-by-step processes is still helpful and insightful. Fritz's psychological approach to his subject is particularly interesting and helpful in the way he quantifies and makes concrete the different "technologies for creating" he explains.
Executive Editor & Divisional Vice President
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It is very interesting to read, though like many such books is a bit long-winded. It confirmed to me that my approach as a scientist and scholar is the correct one, the one most likely to lead to good science. A professor at my previous university in Australia kept pushing the view that we needed to solve "clients" problems (my field is environmental studies/science). This was at the top research university in the country. This guy was just an extreme example of the tendency both in that country and Britain (less so in the US). I knew he was wrong, that that wasn't a way to do good science. Fritz's book confirms that solving problems is rarely satisfactory in the long-term, and instead we should focus on what we want to create. If you are doing that in a field that has relevance to important social issues, solutions to people's problems will emerge as a by-product. Also that artists and great scientists do art or science primarily for the love of the thing that they create. Other motives are secondary. I know that when you are truly creative one project develops out of the previous one which is another key point he makes. His description of the artistic creative process also seems very accurate for the typical scientific project.
So in summary this is a really great book that gets it right!
My one judgement of this book (Fritz encourages judgement) is that Fritz seems to have stepped into the position that he is right and New Age Methods are wrong. Yet he says that we will develop our unique way of creating within the outline of creating that he proposes. To me this is a contradiction.
I have used many of the New Age Methods that he suggests you throw out. However my understanding of the methods Fritz criticizes are much different than his perception. My use of these methods have allowed me to change certain structures within my life and by adding Fritz' understanding of structure, I believe I can create even more flow in my life to create what it is that I want. I believe his process will hone my focus and use more effectively what I already know.
Finally, I think he could have ended the book at Chapter 17. Fritz proposes the concept of Transcendence which seem to be a concept of belief just as much as the New Age Concepts that he discounts in several other sections of the book.
My recommendation for new creators is to use Fritz's method of Creating, but don't throw out other ideas's. In assessing your Current Reality, notice what is holding you back or creating a lack of movement and find someone who has stepped beyond this.
Example: Fritz discounts emotional conditioning and indicates that by using his method to create you will just step past your emotional conditioning. I doubt this, but I will never know, because one of the techniques that I learned and used very effectively to toss out my emotional baggage worked.Read more ›
The Robert Fritz approach holds a lot of appeal: focus on what you want, or want to create, and frame it as a vision that ignores the extent to which it is actually possible to achieve the vision. In view of this, "I want to create a world in which everyone is well-fed" is a legitimate vision.
Another appealing aspect of thinking 'structurally' is that it urges us to think in what I would refer to as "constructive terms", without falling into the trap of being unduly optimistic, or blind to reality: for example, rather than adopting the vision of "I want to lose weight" or "I no longer want to smoke", Fritz invites us to say: "I want, and I choose, to have good health". In this way, the structures that hold us back are removed from our consciousness.
Structures elicit behaviour, in this model. Oscillating structures are those that cause us to vacillate between conflicting goals (e.g. oscillating between the desire to lose weight and the desire|need to eat), and usually get nowhere.
I see the Fritz approach as entailing the adoption of certain attitudes and practices. It is a matter of disciplining oneself to leverage one's innate desire to create, regardless of the way one earns a living. The book provides lots of examples of how artists create their work, but Fritz reminds us that the same principles can and should apply as well to, say, business managers and school teachers.
I am very glad to have read this book.Read more ›
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I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in person development! It delivers just what the title suggests. 5 Stars!Published on Nov. 2 2013 by Peter Richard Nelson
fritz really has no value for mainsteam psycho therapy but his alternative "structure" of changing your life isn't very well presented. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Debra
The Path of Least Resistance is an awesome piece of work. It's a "manual" that belongs to the product of YOU the instant you learn how to read. Read morePublished on June 23 2002 by Steve Bailey
If you haven't read Robert Fritz' Path of Least Resistance, do so right away.
I first read this book in 1987 when it had a profound impact on my life. Read more
For me Robert Fritz has added important insights to the science of universal processes and laws. Now all researchers have to do is do their job to take this further, just as... Read morePublished on March 12 2002 by Ellen van Dongen
I found this book to be very slow reading. It was not hard to read, but rather it had many deep concepts that required thought and pondering. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by John C. Dunbar