Creativity And Its Effect On Creativity

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It has been suggested that creativity has been an evolutionarily propagated part of the human psyche that has allowed them to survive and thrive in the world (Cosmides and Tooby, 2002; Jung, 2014;). If this is the case, it would suggest that creativity, sometimes thought of as a novelty, is actually a vital part of what it means to be human, and that creativity serves a very important function in humans’ lives. Evolution is ultimately a creative endeavor (Darwin, 2003). Darwin (2003) asserted that evolution occurs through change, through new ways of being in the world. Creativity is nature’s way of coming up with original ways of handling the problems of existence. Assuming that this argument is true, it would not be much of a surprise to discover that human psychological health and psychotherapeutic change are also contingent on creativity. Thus, creativity would be a vital part of the psychotherapeutic process. The following paper outlines some of the prevailing research on the study of creativity and psychotherapy with the purpose of suggesting that an exploratory study of creativity in psychotherapy would be an important study for the field of psychology. There have been many definitions of creativity, which suggests that the experience of creativity is subjective and diverse. Boden (2004) defined creativity as “the ability to come up with ideas or artifacts that are new, surprising and valuable” (p. 1). Kahn & Piorkowski (1974) suggested that creativity “refers to a…
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