The Self and Creativity

Several Constructs in Search of a Theory
  • E. Thomas Dowd
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


I was invited by the editors of this volume to write a chapter on “creativity and the self.” Given the vague and slippery nature of these concepts, this is not an easy task—attempting to be heuristic in my creative thinking about creativity. I shall first define creativity and selfhood, then relate creativity to several person variables and psychological processes. I will then critique the literature and offer some suggestions for a new program of research. Last, I will discuss various ways of fostering creativity in people.


Intrinsic Motivation Creative Thinking Internal Locus Divergent Thinking Creative Individual 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Thomas Dowd
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  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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