Theories Of Creativity

Week 5 we talked mostly about the theories of creativity. There is not a single agreed-upon interpretation of creativity. Meaning there is no real definition. To me it’s photography and art (drawings, paintings, sculpting) etc. But to another it may be architecture and plumbing. Everything is creative, but it depends what each individual defines it to be.

Most creative people are often introverts, which means a person who’s more concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than others.

Creative people have the motivation to create. ‘Creative productivity is said to result from an unconscious conflict between the primitive sexual urges (libido) of the id and the repressive influences of our learned social conscious, the superego. Because one cannot freely indulge one’s urges, the sexual energy is redirected (sublimated) into acceptable forms – creative fantasies and products. The id is happy, the superego is happy, and the self (ego) has fended off a big time attack of neurosis from the conflict.’ (Definitions and Theories II: Classic and Contemporary Theories, P59)

A creative person accepts the fantasies and elaborates upon them, whilst the uncreative person attempts to repress them.

Childlike Regression seems to be what Freud talks about. Creativity relates to childlike thinking, humour, and a very active imagination. Everybody is born with a creative and imaginative mind, but it’s a battle against society and most kids don’t pursue it. Natural curiosity is a key mindset of creativity. Kids tend to not care what others think and are constantly coming up with crazy and fresh ideas and stories.

There are five major theories of creativity each with its own unique viewpoint on what creates creativity in people. These theories are Psychoanalytical, Mental illness, Psychoticism, Addiction and Humanistic. There’s a theory out there that talks about how creativity wells from the unconscious drives. Freud defines creativity as the ability to turn your fantasies into a reality through a form of art that defines creativity itself.

For me, I find photography and certain forms of art to be creative. You never really know when you’re going to be creative, usually it’s when you’ve got nothing else to do, for example, catching the train into the city. For me it takes at least 20 minutes and I get pretty bored. I carry a pen with me all the times; I don’t feel like I can be creative taking notes on my phone. I feel more connected with pen to paper. I feel like I’m constantly writing things on my hands and arms. When I’m out, that’s when I generally feel most creative, and I have to write down my thoughts somehow otherwise I’ll probably forget them.

Though it did have some valid points, I found this weeks reading a little too technical for me; creativity is creativity. It can never truly be defined nor can anyone be certain who does or doesn’t have it or how to bring out the creative side of people. The creative personality is full of wonder and curiosity.



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