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Creativity: A Psychological Perspective

“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?

References

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 PERSONALITY12(1), 139–157.(Rudowicz & Hui, 1997)

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2 thoughts on “Creativity: A Psychological Perspective

  1. Interestingly enough, my topic of focus in Dr. Martin’s class about psychology and education, my focus was on creativity and it’s importance in education.
    I agree that there can sometimes be a disconnect between creative thought and intellectual pursuits. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Kaufman (2015) explained how creativity can be thought of as a sub-set of intelligence. However, on the other hand, other researchers like Wallach & Kogan (1965, as cited by Squalli & Wilson, 2014) argued that the two are separated. The big thing to take away from this is that there exists many different definitions of creativity and it’s difficult to quantify.
    I would agree that creativity essentially allows one to think in different ways, and rather than being separated from intelligence, I believe the two go hand-in-hand, and one cannot exist without the other.

    References

    Kaufman, J. C. (2015). Why Creativity Isn’t in IQ Tests, Why it Matters, and Why it Won’t Change Anytime Soon Probably. Journal of Intelligence. 3, 59-72.
    Squalli, J. & Wilson, K. (2014). Intelligence, creativity, and innovation. Intelligence. 46, 250-257.

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  2. Creativity is an extremely interesting topic! I think creative traits are often portrayed to us almost as a muscle already within some people that when given the chance to be stretched and strengthened that person can flourish creatively in many facets. However, with this portrayal often comes the idea that if you are not innately a creative person (or you don’t have the muscle) that you simply lack creative tendencies and do not think creatively but I don’t think this is true. I think it is very possible that all people are born with creative tendencies which are clear during childhood and displayed in innate play behaviour which often involves fantasy but I think that these tendencies can be fostered by creatively inclined parents. I think perhaps the amount of creative activities a child is surrounded with at a young age such as music, theatre, art or creative thinking in general increases the likelihood of this person to engage in these types of activities simply due to their parents developing their interest in them. Of course these children will develop their own tastes and this will obviously influence the amount of creativity they exhibit as they age but I believe the parents laying the foundation if most important.

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