The Development of Creativity as a Decision-Making Process

R. Keith Sawyer, Vera John-Steiner, Seana Moran, Robert J. Sternberg, David Henry Feldman, Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

in Creativity and Development

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195149005
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848225 | DOI:

Series: Counterpoints: Cognition, Memory, and Language

The Development of                         Creativity as a Decision-Making Process

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Creativity is viewed to be a decision-making process of bringing something novel into actuality. The next questions are about how this procedure takes place and what end products it produces. Such inquiries are responded to accordingly in three parts. After reviewing alternative perspectives on addressing the development of creativity in the beginning of the section, the author presents his own interpretation of the issue using the investment theory, which asserts that individuals choose to offer a diversified and unique set of ideas to encourage others toward acceptance of the trendy stuff. The choice to become creative can be exhibited in eight ways, as recommended by the propulsion theory in the second portion of the chapter. The last part is devoted to a discussion of the ways in which to employ the things in mind.

Keywords: creativity; actualization; decision-making process; investment theory; propulsion theory

Chapter.  21453 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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