“How do you define creativity?” Research Results Revealed

I’m very excited to share the results of the study my Saybrook University doctoral program professor/mentor Dr. Ruth Richards and I designed last year. Some of you may have responded to the survey we promoted via social media asking for volunteers.  We were interested in contemporary views of creativity. Creativity is being talked about a lot – but right now, no widely accepted (and inspiring) definition exists. Want to hear something crazy? If you look up ‘creativity’ in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary it says: “the quality of being creative or the ability to create.”  Since when is it OK to use a version of the term in a definition? It tells people nothing! When I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Creativity from Buffalo State’s International Center for Studies in Creativity, every person I encountered asked me to explain creativity. How can we expect people to use something they don’t relate to personally? My frustration with this situation led to diving deeply into the research process.  I had the honor of presenting our findings at this years’ American Psychological Association Convention in Orlando last month.  Click on the power point link to view the slides. The handout postcard shared with the presentation attendees featured a mini-review of the study data on one side, and an original ‘creativity word cloud’ showing terms used most often by respondents on the reverse. A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to artist/designer Rosemary Nulty for fashioning the one-of-a-kind research word cloud! The only thing missing is my presentation day ‘passion’ for the subject!  I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have questions, share them in the comment section at the end of this post or e-mail me directly: magicalmarta@aol.com


Creativity Prompt #1:  What words come to mind for you when you hear the word creativity?  How do you define it – personally?  Crafting your own inspiring and meaningful definition can stimulate your imagination and lead to exploring your creative curiosities. What’s your favorite form of ‘creative play’? I encourage you to step into the process that calls to you.

My own personal definition of creativity is:  imagining possibilities and making them real.

Thanks for joining this conversation!  I wish you a wildly creative day.

Marta Davidovich Ockuly, M.S. Applied Creativity

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7 Responses
  1. Penny says:

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  2. lily says:

    Ggood evening, Martha, I’m from Ukraine and just starting research in the field of creativity. To tell the truth, i’m amazed by the great number of literature and enormous interest focused on creativity. It is rather difficult to make my way aboutvall the information. With what to start? I only wanted onshore with you my emotions concerning the notion and my great curiosity in the field. I am really eager to study it, first, in connection with my sphere of activity, it is teaching English at the university. I would like to find out how to develop the students creativity in being teachers of English at school.By the way,I work at theTteachers Training university. Thank you for the opportunity.
    Best regards, Lily

    • marta says:

      Greetings Lily –
      It is wonderful to hear of your interest in creativity research. I can offer many suggestions. Please e-mail me at magicalmarta@aol.com and I can forward you information and resources. My heritage is Ukrainian and I may be able to communicate with you in both languages;) I have also been interested with sharing creativity scholarship with teachers in Ukraine. My focus is “Creative Process: Awakening Creative Potential for Personal and Professional Growth” – working with adults students. I look forward to hearing from you! Marta

  3. Joanie R says:

    I think you are absolutely right when you state creativity brings us joy, helps us express ourselves in new ways. JR

    I define creativity as an important facet of life that takes on many forms, lines, colors, and most of all energy. It brings breath to our souls no matter what state of mind or mood we are in. The creative energies are alive. JR

    People are the various tools used to create a living canvas of unity. We all are parts to the whole created by the Master Artist and an image of his beauty divine. JR

    Joanie Rivera

    • marta says:

      Hi Joanie –
      Thank you for sharing your beautiful view of creativity. It certainly is an energy and impulse for expression. I believe the current framework is too narrow. Your opens it wide to many more possibilities! Your comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks for joining the conversation! Marta

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