The Creative Self

The Creative Self

Effect of Beliefs, Self-Efficacy, Mindset, and Identity

1st Edition - February 22, 2017
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  • Editors: Maciej Karwowski, James C. Kaufman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097908
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128099056

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The Creative Self reviews and summarizes key theories, studies, and new ideas about the role and significance self-beliefs play in one’s creativity. It untangles the interrelated constructs of creative self-efficacy, creative metacognition, creative identity, and creative self-concept. It explores how and when creative self-beliefs are formed as well as how creative self-beliefs can be strengthened. Part I discusses how creativity plays a part in one’s self-identity and its relationship with free will and efficacy. Part II discusses creativity present in day-to-day life across the lifespan. Part III highlights the intersection of the creative self with other variables such as mindset, domains, the brain, and individual differences. Part IV explores methodology and culture in relation to creativity. Part V, discusses additional constructs or theories that offer promise for future research on creativity

Key Features

  • Explores how beliefs about one’s creativity are part of one’s identity
  • Investigates the development of self-beliefs about creativity
  • Identifies external and personality factors influencing self-beliefs about creativity
  • Incorporates worldwide research with cross-disciplinary contributors


Researchers in creativity, personality, and self-identity

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Broad considerations

    Chapter 1: Toward Untangling Creative Self-Beliefs

    • Abstract
    • A System of Beliefs
    • Definitions and Distinguishing Dimensions
    • Measuring Self-Beliefs: Recommendations and New Directions
    • Concluding Thoughts

    Chapter 2: Considering Creative Self-Efficacy: Its Current State and Ideas for Future Inquiry

    • Abstract
    • Predictors and Correlates of Creative Self-Efficacy
    • The Role of Creative Self-Efficacy
    • Emergent Research Questions and Lines of Future Study
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 3: Creativity and Identity

    • Abstract
    • Defining Creativity and Identity
    • Theoretical Background on Personal Identity
    • Empirical Evidence
    • Contemporary Research on Creative Identities
    • Future Directions

    Chapter 4: Creativity and Free Will: Creative Thought Enhances Personal Freedom?

    • Abstract
    • Two Parallel Stages
    • Discussion

    Part II: Living a creative life

    Chapter 5: Creativity and Identity Formation in Adolescence: A Developmental Perspective

    • Abstract
    • Creativity and Identity Development in Adolescence
    • Creative Thinking Processes Are Involved in Identity Formation
    • Creative Commitments Provide Attributes for Self-Definition and Lead to Positive Self-Esteem
    • Creativity Gives Outlets for Adaptive Self-Expression
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter 6: Self-Construction and Creative “Life Design”

    • Abstract
    • Self and Identity
    • The Self in Counseling Psychology
    • The Constructivist Perspective
    • Creativity as a Relevant Resource for Self-Construction
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 7: The Creative Self in Dialogue

    • Abstract
    • Two Sociocultural Approaches: One Multiple Self
    • Inner Dialogues, Creativity, and the Self
    • New Avenues for Creativity and Self Research
    • Final Note on Reflexivity, Power, and Ethics

    Chapter 8: Me, Myself, I, and Creativity: Self-Concepts of Eminent Creators

    • Abstract
    • The Specificity of a Creator’s Self-Concept
    • The Development of Eminent Creators’ Self-Concepts
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgment

    Part III: Integrating multiple constructs

    Chapter 9: Creativity Is Influenced by Domain, Creative Self-Efficacy, Mindset, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Esteem

    • Abstract
    • Domain Specificity and Self-Perceptions of Creativity
    • Study 1
    • Creativity and Self-Related Measures
    • Study 2
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter 10: Creativity, Self-Generated Thought, and the Brain’s Default Network

    • Abstract
    • The Default Network and its Role in Self-Generated Thought
    • Brain Networks Underlying Creative Cognition and Artistic Performance
    • Default Network and Creative Cognition: Links to Episodic Memory
    • Conclusions and Future Directions
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter 11: Individual Difference Correlates of Self-Perceptions of Creativity

    • Abstract
    • Defining Creativity
    • Defining Individual Differences
    • An Organizing Structure for the Chapter
    • Literature Search
    • Measures of Creative Self-Perceptions
    • Spoiler Alert: The Key Trends—The Power of Openness to Experience and Extraversion
    • Self-Perceived Creativity, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness
    • Self-Perceived Creativity and Cognitive Ability
    • Summary and Conclusions
    • Key Issues, Future Directions, and Research
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter 12: Are Implicit Theories of Creativity Domain Specific? Evidence and Implications

    • Abstract
    • Domain Specificity, Implicit Theories, and Creative Mindsets
    • A Taxonomy of Belief Structures
    • Domain Specificity in Creative Production
    • Evidence of Domain-Specific Implicit Theories
    • Evidence of Domain Specificity of Mindsets
    • Bringing it Together
    • Conclusions

    Part IV: Specific considerations

    Chapter 13: Creative Self-Efficacy From the Chinese Perspective: Review of Studies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Chinese Concepts and Measurements of Creative Self-Efficacy
    • CSE Studies in China
    • CSE Studies in Educational Context
    • CSE Studies in Organizational Context
    • CSE of the Chinese in Comparison to Other Cultures
    • Future Studies
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgment

    Chapter 14: Why You are Probably More Creative (and Less Creative) Than You Think

    • Abstract

    Chapter 15: The Creative Self in Context: Experience Sampling and the Ecology of Everyday Creativity

    • Abstract
    • Notions of Everyday Creativity
    • How Can We Study Everyday Creativity?
    • Ecological Momentary Assessment
    • The Creative Self in Everyday Environments
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter 16: Leading for Uniqueness: The Role of Uniqueness in Facilitating Creativity in Employees’ Self-Concepts

    • Abstract
    • Leading for Uniqueness to Realize Creativity
    • Activating Follower Need for Uniqueness
    • Uniqueness and Forms of Creativity
    • Leadership, Uniqueness, and National Culture
    • Measuring Need for Uniqueness
    • Future Research

    Chapter 17: Mind Wandering, Creative Writing, and the Self

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Interviews
    • Acknowledging Extended Time
    • Developing Trust in Incubation
    • Incorporating the Creative Process as a Part of Identity Development
    • Recognizing the Positive Impact of Creativity on Overall Well-Being
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgments

    Part V: New models and perspectives

    Chapter 18: The Dynamic Force Before Intrinsic Motivation: Exploring Creative Needs

    • Abstract
    • Before and Beyond Intrinsic Motivation
    • Creative Needs: An Initial Framework
    • Next Steps

    Chapter 19: Creativity and its Discontents: The Weary Voyager Model of Creativity in Relation to Self

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Perception of Past and Present
    • Assembling a Self
    • The Weary Voyager Model
    • Improving Creativity
    • Conclusions

    Chapter 20: From Having an Idea to Doing Something With it: Self-Regulation for Creativity

    • Abstract
    • Revise and Restrategize
    • Sustain and Maintain
    • Summary and Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter 21: Creative Mindsets: Prospects and Challenges

    • Abstract
    • Why Should We Care About Mindsets at All?
    • Are Mindsets Self-Beliefs?
    • How Many Mindsets and Why Are Two Possible?
    • So Who Holds None or Both Mindsets?
    • What Shapes Mindsets and How They Change Over Time?
    • Discussion: What’s Next in Research on Creative Mindsets?
    • Acknowledgment

Product details

  • No. of pages: 418
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: February 22, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097908
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128099056

About the Editors

Maciej Karwowski

Maciej Karwowski, PhD, is an associate professor and head of Creative Education Lab at Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland. His main research interests include educational psychology of creativity, measurement of creativity and analysis of contextual factor influencing creative thinking. Karwowski is author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 10 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. He is a co-editor of the journal Creativity: Theories-Research-Applications, associate editor of the Journal of Creative Behavior, senior editor of Europe’s Journal of Psychology and on the editorial boards of Thinking Skills and Creativity, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Journal of Creativity in Business and Innovation, and Frontiers in Educational Psychology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Academy of Special Education, Creative Education Lab, Warsaw, Poland

James C. Kaufman

James C. Kaufman, PhD, is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 30 books and 250 papers. Dr. Kaufman co-founded two APA journals (Psychology of Popular Media Culture and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) and is a Past President of APA’s Division 10. He was won numerous awards, including the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Berlyne and Farnsworth Awards from APA, and Mensa’s research award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

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  • Ronny S. Tue May 15 2018

    Great overview of the state-of-the-art

    The book summons valuable overviews of current research on the creative self. The contributions consider not only self-beliefs in the creative domain but extend the set of constructs to mindsets and identity. Future versions of the book may include more quantitative reviews or overview of studies using meta-analyses in this area.