Week 37 - What is Creativity?

Are we born with a creative ability, or is it something that we develop over time? This question has long intrigued scientists, psychologists, and artists alike. While some argue that creativity is an innate trait, others believe that it is a skill that can be learned and nurtured. Is creativity a product of nature or nurture.

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What is Creativity?

Before we dive into the nature versus nurture debate, let's first define what creativity actually means. Creativity is the ability to generate new ideas, concepts, or solutions that are original. It involves thinking outside the box, making connections between seemingly unrelated things, and coming up with innovative solutions to problems.

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The Nature Argument

Those who believe that creativity is a product of nature argue that some individuals are simply born with a higher level of creative ability. They believe that certain genetic factors or brain structures predispose individuals to be more creative. Studies have shown that creative individuals often have a higher level of divergent thinking, which is the ability to generate multiple ideas or solutions to a problem.

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Furthermore, research has found that certain personality traits, such as openness to experience and curiosity, are strongly associated with creativity. These traits are believed to be influenced by genetic factors, suggesting that creativity may have a biological basis.

Ink and watercolour on paper

The Nurture Argument

On the other side of the debate, proponents of the nurture argument believe that creativity is a skill that can be developed through education, practice, and exposure to different experiences. They argue that creativity is not limited to a select few, but rather, it can be cultivated in anyone.

Studies have shown that individuals who engage in creative activities, such as painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument, tend to have higher levels of creativity. This suggests that creativity can be nurtured through active participation in creative pursuits.

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The Interaction of Nature and Nurture

While the nature versus nurture debate continues, it is important to recognize that creativity is likely influenced by a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Research has shown that there is a complex interplay between our genetic makeup and our experiences.

No matter where creativity springs from, it's obvious that it can be fostered and grown by practicing and trying new things. So, whether you think creativity is in your DNA or something you can acquire, embrace your inner artist and watch it thrive.


 FYI - If you want to get your creativity on this fall, there are still a couple of spots open in my upcoming acrylic workshop at the Lunenburg School of the Arts.
Check it out here.

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Until next week....

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