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
- 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
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Part I: Broad considerations 1. Toward Untangling Creative Self-Beliefs 2. Considering Creative Self-Efficacy: Its Current State and Ideas for Future Inquiry 3. Creativity and Identity 4. Creativity and Free Will: Creative Thought Enhances Personal Freedom?
Part II: Living a creative life 5. Creativity and Identity Formation in Adolescence: A Developmental Perspective 6. Self-Construction and Creative "Life Design 7. The Creative Self in Dialogue 8. Me, Myself, I, and Creativity: Self-Concepts of Eminent Creators
Part III: Integrating multiple constructs 9. Creativity Is Influenced by Domain, Creative Self-Efficacy, Mindset, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Esteem 10. Creativity, Self-Generated Thought, and the Brain's Default Network 11. Individual Difference Correlates of Self-Perceptions of Creativity 12. Are Implicit Theories of Creativity Domain Specific? Evidence and Implications
Part IV: Specific considerations 13. Creative Self-Efficacy From the Chinese Perspective: Review of Studies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore 14. Why You are Probably More Creative (and Less Creative) Than You Think 15. The Creative Self in Context: Experience Sampling and the Ecology of Everyday Creativity 16. Leading for Uniqueness: The Role of Uniqueness in Facilitating Creativity in Employees' Self-Concepts 17. Mind Wandering, Creative Writing, and the Self
Part V: New models and perspectives 18. The Dynamic Force Before Intrinsic Motivation: Exploring Creative Needs 19. Creativity and its Discontents: The Weary Voyager Model of Creativity in Relation to Self 20. From Having an Idea to Doing Something With it: Self-Regulation for Creativity 21. Creative Mindsets: Prospects and Challenges
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.
Kaufman, James C.
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.