Creativity and the Creative Process

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Creativity and the Creative Process
Denethri Arbor
Instructor: Emily Benson
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
December 16, 2013

Whether expressed as an awe-inspiring painting, a perfectly executed sculpture or an artfully expressive phrase, humanity throughout history has demonstrated a driving internal desire to discover some form of creative outlet. Studying several of these expressions throughout several culture around the world and throughout history illustrates that these instances of spontaneous, creative expression are usually associated in some way with exploring human experience. Even though they don't often speak directly to the concept of creativity or its development, it is clear that these artists of various types have engaged in a great deal of thought and practice in order to hone their skills and most accurately convey the ideas in their heads. Whether it is intended as a matter of discussion or are simply expressing their innovative spark, evidence of the human mind's impulse to create something new exists in every creative pursuit you may care to mention, from fine art to graffiti, from scribbles on a napkin to polished prose or poetry. “Creativity involves thinking that is aimed at producing ideas or products that are relatively novel, and that are, in some respect, compelling … is neither wholly domain specific nor wholly domain general ... [and] is not as highly rewarded in practice as it is supposed to be in theory” (Kaufman & Sternberg, 2006: 2). While creativity may be a foundational element of everything we have ever created as a species, as a group, or even as an individual, research into the topic reveals that we don't really know all that much about what it means to be creative. Even though we use it all the time both in our personal lives and, in our business worlds and it is the force that drives us forward into new…...

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