“Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.”
This quote by Robert E. Franken is an adequate way of defining creativity and its purpose, which is one of the areas that I plan to touch on in this first blog entry.
Creativity by most people is described as a trait that allows you have creative flow to be artistic, inventive but is considered a trait that only some people have that ability to be creative. Those who possess a creativity trait are more innovative, dynamic, and bold, while at the same time is considered by other as being less logical and only enable intelligence toward creative tasks. In actuality, Psychology believes it is a behavior or a type of thinking or skill that everyone possess. Creative thinking allows an individual to solve problems, perform pattern recognition, increase learning, and memory in non-uniformed ways. Creativity allows a individual to be adaptive, flexible, and possess leadership qualities, but is a process nonetheless; just like any other skill or behavior, it must be maintained through practiced.
Based on the data and articles I researched, which some of them I have posted the references below, I wonder why there can be such disconnect between art and science, and art and intelligence in society. Especially when the data and facts claim that creativity is just a different way of thinking that uses multiple brain areas without logical interfering, and that works for many people.
I hope that in further blog posts I can examine this conundrum and the cognitive skills used while being creative.
This lead to a question that readers can provide additional insight into: Do you believe that creativity is a trait or a process/ skill of behavior?
Sharp, C. (2004). Developing young children’s creativity: what can we learn from research? National foundation of educational research 1–11.
Smith, S. (1997). Fixation, Incubation, and Insight in Memory and Creative Thinking. In The Creative Cognition Approach (second Edition ed.) (pp. 135–156). MIT: Bradford. Citations, Quotes & Annotations
Rudowicz, E., & Hui, A. (1997). The creative personality: Hong Kong perspective. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY, 12(1), 139–157.(Rudowicz & Hui, 1997)