Stimulating Creativity

Stimulating Creativity

Individual Procedures

1st Edition - December 28, 1974

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  • Author: Morris I. Stein
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258065

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Stimulating Creativity: Volume 1, Individual Procedures discusses the psychological and social factors affecting creativity, including techniques applicable in technological and consumer-related product areas. Creativity is a process consisting of three overlapping stages—hypothesis formation, hypothesis testing, and the communication of results. The book reviews past criteria of creativity, and then suggests techniques, based on social and psychological differentiating characteristics of creativity, that can stimulate creativity. The text also considers some procedures which the individual can use to stimulate creativity, or overcome blocks that stop creativity. The book explains in detail individual procedures, group procedures, as well the techniques appropriate in each stage of the creative process. The text notes that the creative process occurs in a social context, primarily manifested during the communication stage. The book considers the following group procedures for stimulating creativity, namely, brainstorming, creative problem-solving, synectics, and a personality-insight approach. Examples of programs employed in different companies or organization can free an individual from difficulties and problems, make him more receptive to other programs, or he can use these programs as basis to develop newer programs. The book can prove insightful for psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral scientists, child educators, students or professors in psychology, for parents of young children or adolescents, and also for general readers interested in self-improvement.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Contents of Volume 2

    Part I Plan of The Work

    I Introduction

    Assumptions Underlying the Discussion

    Part II Theory and Criteria

    II The Creative Process

    Various Descriptions of the Creative Process

    Stage I—Hypothesis Formation

    Stage II—Hypothesis Testing

    Stage III—Communication of Results


    III Criteria in Studies of Creativity

    Generally Acknowledged Creativity

    Representation in Secondary Sources

    Expert Judgment

    Quantity of Products

    Psychometric Tests

    The Process as a Criterion


    Part III Individual Procedures

    IV Introduction to Personality Procedures

    Research Designs and Theories Involved

    Personality Theories

    Personality Results


    V Affecting Personality Characteristics: Role Playing, Hypnosis, and Psychotherapy

    Role Playing

    Affecting the Creative Process


    To Change Personality Characteristics



    VI Introduction to Cognitive Procedures

    Several Theoretical Issues


    Physiognomic Perception and Regression in Service of the Ego

    Altered States of Consciousness

    Guilford's Intellective Factors


    VII Altering States of Consciousness

    The Consciousness That Is to Be Altered



    Alcohol and Caffeine

    Mind-Expanding Drugs


    Part IV Procedures for Affecting the Individual Stages of the Creative Process

    VIII Affecting the Preparatory (Educational) Stage

    Social Relationships in the School Environment

    Teaching Techniques and Practices

    Evaluation and Practice

    Toward a School System That Is More Congenial to Creativity


    IX Stimulating Hypothesis Formation



    Two of the Mystiques-Inspiration and Intuition

    Self-Help Procedures

    Another of the Mystiques—Selecting the "Good" Possibility


    X Making Hypothesis Testing More Effective

    The Dialog

    The Mystique in This Part of the Process


    Types and the Testing of Hypotheses

    Specific Suggestions


    XI Affecting the Communication of Results

    Resistance to Discussing the Communication Stage

    The Creative Individual


    The Adoption Process

    The Audience or Public

    Overcoming Resistance to Change



    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: December 28, 1974
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258065

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Morris I. Stein

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