Retirement and Creativity

Ryan Fehr

in The Oxford Handbook of Retirement

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746521
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Retirement and Creativity

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In this chapter I examine retirement through the lens of creativity and explore how retirement can exert a positive impact on retirees through the provision of novelty. With a focus on retirement planning, decision making, and adjustment, I propose that creativity influences retirement through three interrelated perceptions and actions: (a) openness to role transitions, (b) divergent thinking, and (c) goal persistence. Through an interactionist approach, I then examine personality variables and social contexts likely to lead retirees to approach retirement creatively. In the discussion I offer key questions to guide future theoretical and empirical research.

Keywords: retirement; creativity; openness; divergent thinking; role transitions

Article.  10719 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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