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date: 31 January 2023

creativity. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to the Mind
Author(s):
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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