Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Conflict and Creativity

  • Mark A. Runco
  • Sureyya Yoruk
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_428


 Adaptation;  Asynchrony;  Brainstorming teams;  Cost of expertise;  Marginality;  Mindfulness;  Originality;  Preference for complexity

There are quite a few parallels between the evolution of Homo Sapiens and the development of individuals. The theory that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny was not used to describe the entire lifespan, but only prenatal development, and in any case it did not hold up. Yet there are parallels between evolution and development, especially if you take the lifespan perspective. The most obvious may be that, just as adaptation allows a species to evolve and survive, so too do learning and coping allow an individual to live an effective life.

It is also true that creative behavior helps to lead an effective life. In fact, creative talent may facilitate adaptability. This is especially likely given the implication of the first paragraph that life is fraught with challenges. There are various ways to describe the benefits of creativity – it adds to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA