Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Creative Mind: Myths and Facts

  • Norbert M. Seel
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_404


Key Concepts and Definition of Terms

Creativity is a dazzling concept and a resource which refers to a human capacity to produce or create something new through imaginative skills. The product may refer to a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. In general, the term creativity refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. Often it is associated with the development of ideas or particular fields of application.

Up to now, the concept of creativity has not been precisely defined. Nevertheless, it has attracted many researchers and practitioners for centuries. In consequence, creativity has many facets and aspects. For a long time, creativity was mainly considered as a disposition of artists. In the course of the twentieth century – and especially as a result of the “Sputnik shock” – psychologists began to focus on creativity and its nature, components, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany