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The Psychology of Creativity: A Discussion Between Creative Potential and Its Realization

Jacek Gralewski
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Published Online: 2015-05-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ctra-2015-0007


This text is devoted to a discussion of current achievements in the psychology of creativity, as well as to the further development of the field. It is concerned with a criticism of former and current theses in the field of the psychology of creativity discussed by Glăveanu (2014). The arguments presented indicate that, despite Glăveanu’s (2014) proposition, the psychology of creativity is not in crisis. It is pointed out that the difference in views between supporters of the social psychology approach to creativity and psychology researchers oriented towards the study of creative potential on how to conduct creativity research, stems from a concentration on different levels of creativity, and not necessarily from an ineffective theory of creativity. As a consequence of these different perceptions of creativity at its particular levels, determining the prime standard of creative potential is not sufficient to understand the social conditioning of creative activity and the social assessment of creativity, and vice versa.

Keywords: Creativity theory; Creativity research; Creative potential; Creative abilities; The generality-specificity of creativity


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About the article

Received: 2014-11-29

Revised: 2014-12-05

Accepted: 2014-12-15

Published Online: 2015-05-26

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Creativity. Theories – Research - Applications, ISSN (Online) 2354-0036, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ctra-2015-0007. Export Citation

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