Creativity has been defined by many throughout history.
Sigmund Freud defines creativity as conflicts and the creative process is a way to resolve conflicts. He was mostly concerned with the motivation for creativity and less with the process.
Carl Jung believed the creative process occurs in two modes:
psychological - the content of art comes from the human consciousness
visionary - creativity comes from the depths of what he called the collective unconsciousness.
He see creativity as a gift held by those capable of the visionary mode of expression.
Roger von Oech said creative thinking involves imagining familiar things in a new light, digging below the surface to find previously undetected patterns, and finding connections among unrelated phenomena.
Here is the dictionary definition:
Common definition from Webster's - Creativity is marked by the ability or power to create to bring into existence, to invest with a new form, to produce through imaginative skill, to make or bring into existence something new.
One of my favorite quotes about creativity:
You cannot use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.
What does creativity mean to you?
What's your favorite quote about creativity?