Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Creativity Definitions, Approaches

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_16

Synonyms

Definition

Approaches to creativity definitions are conceptual trends on the way from the myths to the scientific reflection of creativity within the science of creativity.

Introduction: Creativity as a Phenomenon

The phenomenon of creativity and real-life people doing creative work seems simple at first glance. When people see someone who is unusually original, they say that this person is “creative.” However, when one tries to describe what “creative” means in order to teach others to be creative or to research the phenomenon, it becomes difficult. The reason of the difficulty is that creativity surfaces in so many ways. Additionally, creativity is psychological. This is a challenge in itself because creativity is a complex multifaceted phenomenon. No wonder, Parkhurst noted “the confusion and lack of consensus” in the issue of defining creativity (see Parkhurst 1999). This entry is a summary of various approaches in defining creativity that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Academy of GeniusMontereyUSA