Theories of Creativity

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Theories of Creativity and Quality
Theories of Creativity and Quality

Theories of creativity are vast. Several psychological theories on the process of creativity are chronicled. Some theorists explain creativity as intrinsic creative motivations, which individuals create a project for the sake of creating (Wibell, 2011). Other theorists convey the brain controls levels of creativity, and mental illness has an impact on creative process. Further, many believe the humanistic theory of creativity spawns the creative process. Through self-actualization creativity comes in peak experiences. The quality of the work depends on what is measured. The quality of the creative work depicts the message of the writing. The message can be
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Art is considered psychological art and appears to be generated by primary processes. With this Maslow’s humanistic theory of creativity ties into with his theory about needs requiring to be met before reaching a higher point of creativity. Visionary art which "derives its existence from the hinterlands of the man's mind," is the type of art where the strange worlds and ideas--described by the mental illness theory of creativity--are generated from, as it connects creative individuals with the super-human and timeless worlds beyond their conscious knowing. A plausible explanation for the relation of both the humanistic and mental illness theories similarities is attributed to author, Koestler who fails to represent any particular school of thought, but has had much success in creativity research. His premise on creativity is “bisociation” a term “coined by Koestler meaning to join unrelated, often conflictual, information in a new way.” He also goes on to say that this is similar to being "double minded" or able to think on more than one plane of thought simultaneously, and Frank Barron (1988) places the possibility that developing the ability to “tolerate chaos or seemingly opposite information is characteristic of creative individuals” (Bergquist, 2009). In short, appears both theories may very well be related, but worded differently. The
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