ERIC Number: ED414141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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If I Am an Artist, What's Wrong with My Picture? Rediscovering Your Creativity in a Grown-up World.
McCormick, Deborah J.; Plugge, Carol D.
All persons are born and blessed with a creative nature, and are all artists of their own lives. By the time individuals reach adulthood, however, most of them have lost touch with their creativity, believing only "others" are "artists." Awareness of and regular use of the creative aspect of their being makes substantial contributions to establishing a healthy balance in their lives, learning more about themselves, providing options for action, and enriching the quality of their lives on a daily basis. "Flow" is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it. Regular flow experiences improve subjective well-being; people report feeling happy and fulfilled, with a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. The eight characteristics of enjoyment, which are characteristic of creative activities as well, are presented, as are as eight activities that remove blocks to creativity and allow people to once again experience the joy of creation. Creative play helps individuals meet the needs that they have ignored as adults, and offers opportunities to heal and live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Contains eight references. (TD)
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