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ERIC Number: EJ1108871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-0419
The Myths of Heaven-Sent Creativity: Toward a Perhaps Less Democratic but More Down-to-Earth Understanding
Cropley, Arthur
Creativity Research Journal, v28 n3 p238-246 2016
Creativity is surrounded by a cluster of long-held beliefs--referred to here as "myths"--which regard it as confined to aesthetic/spiritual domains and as a divine gift to a tiny few, and thus render it ineluctable, ineffable and inscrutable. As a result, treating it as part of normal psychological functioning and emphasizing its usefulness seems almost blasphemous, and is regarded by some as devaluing creative talent or even rendering the idea of creativity meaningless. Indeed, there really does seem to be a danger of commodifying creativity and reducing it to "fast food creativity"--attractively packaged but lacking genuine nutritional value. However, a phase model of the process of creativity makes it possible to distinguish between sublime creativity, mundane creativity, and commodified creativity without attributing the former to forces beyond mere human existence. This conceptualization has practical consequences for, for instance, education.
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Language: English
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