Individual Differences in Creativity

An Interactionist Perspective
  • Richard W. Woodman
  • Lyle F. Schoenfeldt
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Creativity seems to be one of those concepts understood by everyone in the world except behavioral scientists. Although some segments of the public might hypothesize other reasons for this state of affairs, we believe the reason for this seeming paradox is as simple as the difference between the terms concept and construct. As a concept used by laypersons, creativity carries meaning in everyday speech that, although somewhat imprecise, is nevertheless widely shared; any surplus meaning is relatively unimportant; and operationalization for measurement purposes is a nonissue. As a scientific construct, however, creativity is held to a higher (or, at least, different) standard, and the construct validity issues surrounding the term can be frustrating in the extreme for researchers interested in investigating the phenomena of creative behavior and creative persons.


Cognitive Style Creative Thinking Divergent Thinking Antecedent Condition Creative Individual 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard W. Woodman
    • 1
  • Lyle F. Schoenfeldt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ManagementTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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