Define Creativity

Listed here are all of the collected responses for definition of creativity.
Also note, all of the responses shown on this page and the next four are AS THEY APPEAR on our collected plates.

  • Creativity is the expansive use of imagination in application.
  • The use of ideas and the ability to think of things that are original.
  • Using imagination & unonventional thinking to solve problems or create new things.
  • Origional or unique thought.
  • Creativity is having the self-confidence to know that your finite mind has the ability to conceive of an infinite number of new ideas and the drive to never stop actualizing these ideas.
  • Creativity is the process by which we, as living organisms with conscious thought processes, create new thoughts, ideas, and concepts with the items and intelligence readily available to us.
  • Creativity is something I do not posses.
  • Creativity is method with which each individual expresses him/herself. It completely disregards the influences of the outside world and reflects only the individual.
  • Creativity is a process thrugh which you express yourself/ re-invent yourself/ develope new ideas & new ways of thining! Make this definition obsolete.
  • Ability to be original & new.
  • Creativity is being able to "think outside of the box." It is taking a new perspective.
  • Having the ability to take inanimate objects or ideas & make them into something special.
  • One's ability to express who they arethrouh an unpredictable medium.
  • Creativity is expressing yourself through art, music, or athletics in a unique way that is specifically you.
  • Expressing yourself * Doing your thing.
  • Not needing to lookup creativity in the dictionary to be able to define it -or-[ The use of imagination or origional ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.]
  • Creativity is the ability to realize an atypical vision in an unorthodox way.
  • Being creative is taking the things around you that are available for all but taking something unique from it.
  • The ability to come up with and express unique ideas of your own.
  • Creativity is someone's personal expression.
  • The ability to imagine what you cannot or have not ever seen.
  • The ability to produce something unique or innovative.
  • Is an individuals own intellectual process. In thinking about question and scientific debates without any answers. And you on spin on new and different ideas. VERY HARD TO READ
  • The ability to formulate solutions to problems, where said solutions are not in the majority of the (already) presented.
  • Ability to create.
  • Process of unique creation.
  • Creativity is the act of combining old ideas in new ways, or by some other method of developing new ideas to express oneself or develop/build new inovative technology.
  • Creativity is the ability to use the imagination to express ones self, rather than rehashingold and used ideas.
  • Creativity is the ability to go against the grain, to think outside one box, or to come up with something purely original.

"Creativity (or "creativeness") is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts. From a scientific point of view, the products of creative thought (sometimes referred to as divergent thought) are usually considered to have both originality and appropriateness." The key here is the appropriateness; without it a novel solution can not be considered creative. Although most of the student responses acknowledge that creativity requires novel thought, none of them address the issue of the solution being appropriate. This element of the definition is less popular because it seems almost contradictory to creativity. Being appropriate limits the number possible solutions. This is not how it is meant to be construed. The solution must be appropriate because otherwise it's not truly a solving the problem. Anyone can design a product by placing random parts together; however, that doesn't make it an innovative way to look at something. It has to be able to accomplish what it was designed to do.

"An alternative, more everyday conception of creativity is that it is simply the act of making something new." This is reflected in the responses collected from the student body. Words such as "imagination, purely original, unique, and unorthodox" appeared multiple times. The reference to "thinking outside of the box" was also popular. Often times when something does not fit the norm it is described as creative. There is usually no mention of why it is creative- it just is. This colloquial use of the word detracts from the meaning and incorrectly depicts the definition of the word. The common definition fails to acknowledge that the solution must be relevant in order for it to be truly creative and not just "different". Even the most cliche phrases relating to creativity ignore the appropriateness element in the definition.

A widespread belief is that creativity applies only to art, music, and similar activities. This is far from the truth. Companies like IDEO use creative processes and brainstorming processes to come up with innovative solutions to everyday problems. In one example, IDEO utilized the creative process to design a new and improved grocery cart in one week. The team brainstormed individually, brought their ideas together, placed them up on drawing boards, rated them in order of preference, discarded unpopular ideas, and worked together to combine the popular ideas into a cohesive design. The end product was a highly innovative grocery cart which is presently being used in several grocery stores. The fact is that creativity exists everywhere. Doctors trying to cure various diseases, engineers trying to design a new material or structure, writers writing a story, teachers trying to find a new way to teach old material…the list goes on and on.

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