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date: 31 January 2023


The Oxford Companion to the Mind
Liam HudsonLiam Hudson

One of those terms (intelligence is another) that psychologists use as though they refer to single human characteristics, but which direct us in practice to a number of concerns that are rather separate. Some of these, like ‘innovation’ and ‘discovery’, have a bearing on the ideas or objects that people produce; some, like ‘self-actualization’, refer more to the quality of the life an individual leads; and some, like ‘imagination’ and ‘fantasy’, point us, in the first instance, to what goes on inside a person's head. Despite its air of vagueness, the notion of ‘creativity’ has none the less served an important function among psychologists and teachers, acting as a banner under which ideological battles have been fought, and indicating, too, a somewhat disparate body of research, some of which is of real value.... ...

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