The Nature of Creativity

For those of you that don't know I've been working on getting my masters degree in Creativity Studies, and am so excited that it is almost at an end. I enjoy the learning process, but I don't enjoy all of the writing. I'm currently finishing my thesis and have decided to start sharing parts of my research about creativity with you, as I"ve really enjoyed learning about it.

The nature of creativity is that it is ever changing, evolving, adapting to surroundings, responding to inspiration, and searching for answers.

As the nature of creativity is that of change, it is challenging to put it into a pretty packaged box that explains what it looks like, how it acts, and where it can be found. The way that it looks changes, its behavior adapts, and it is like shooting at a moving target. However, when we see and experience creativity we are usually innately aware of its presence.

Paul Torrance, author of Education and Creativity, defines creativity 

 “as the process of becoming sensitive to problems, deficiencies, gaps in knowledge, missing elements, disharmonies, and so on; identifying the difficulty; searching for solutions, making guesses, or formulating hypothesis about the deficiencies; testing and retesting these hypotheses and possibly modifying and retesting them; and finally communicating the results 

Creative thinkers do not share an overall common list of character traits, it is hard to determine who will be a creative thinker and who will lose their creative thought ability as they mature. The word creative, as well as the creative person have always been challenging to define, as the only common quality is that creativity is every changing, and adapting to meet the needs of the moment.
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