Who’s creative?

In part 1 and part 2 of this series, I gave an overview of the history of creativity and consensual definition of it, how the creative process works and the outstanding models to map creativity. We looked at how creativity is a result of a fusion of many different elements that occur at the right time and place, and sometimes at random. In this part, I’m gonna tell you what I learned about the essential component of creativity and the main catalyst — the creative self. I’ll look at creative individuals and their different qualities.

The Genius is Complex

The quality of a creative individual has been analyzed from different angles. This exciting topic has attracted many researchers from various disciplines, viewing it at different lenses, from studying biographical inventories to psychometric analysis, neuroscience, biochemistry and even genetics. It turns out that a creative genius is way more complex than a set of mental abilities or cognitive qualities, and it’s this complexity which makes them a deviation from conventional thinkers. Creative people are multi-faceted with the right amount of intelligence and luck.

Howard Gardner carefully illustrated this complexity in his intelligence model. He is a developmental psychologist who studied…


Creativity: the Process — by Me

In part 1 of this series, we looked at the history of definition of creative work and creativity, and the ways we can measure a creative product. In this part, we’ll look at the creativity processes and the models that explain how creative process takes place.

Creativity Process

During the recent weeks of my study on creativity subject, I learned how incomprehensible but essential this concept is, to human survival and its prospects. The first thing you should consider when studying this subject is that creativity as a byproduct of the brain’s neural activity (the most complex organism in universe) is equally unknown to us as the brain itself. Not until we understand how the brain produces mind and self-criticizing beings, we can’t precisely model how creativity works. But we can make some well-informed guesses by watching it work in various environments.

“Logic and intuition, sensation and feeling…


Creativity — by Me

According to the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution, creativity ranks third on the list of skills you need to survive. This is what makes creative thinkers more valuable than ever. They have the cognitive capabilities and trained intuition to “think and create” the obvious but invisible solutions. As a trained creative, you are paid for your effective creative solutions. You are the 21st-century Renaissance women and men, so I think you should know the potential of your qualities. Huge scientific literature from various disciplines through different scientific lenses has written and many theoretical models have drawn on what creativity…

Ardavan Mirhosseini

Lifelong learner, critical thinker, art lover, generalist, and product designer @intuit

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