Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 18 January 2007

Model 1

The Recommendations Model.

This model was produced by taking the specific recommendations made by twenty one famous creativity researchers (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996; Gardner, 1993; Amabile, 1996; Runco, 1997 plus others), on how to make oneself more creative, grouping them by similarity, grouping those groups, ordering super-groups, copying that ordering with subordinate groups, and with individual recommendations. The result is a model of creativity as creating a creative life then using it to make creative works. Making interior room, making exterior room, seeking paradox, and mental travel are the components of making a creative life. Creating a creation machine, thinking, conquering, and managing emergence are the components of creating creative works. 128 recommendations are organized into two sets of 16 categories in this model.

This model has been tested against 12 of the leading models in the research literature on creativity, by submitting them to extremely creative people, without context or explanation, and waiting for spontaneous responses of the tested creator. Only this model produced strong statements of self recognition and intense further scrutiny of details in the model. The other 11 models produced distinctly “ho-hum” responses.

This model, therefore, fulfills one of my criteria for making an improvement in the overall creativity research literature, presented above. For further information on this model see the book written on it (Greene, 2001).

It was work on building this model that gave rise to an unexpected new model of creativity–the subcreations model. That is explained below under the subcreations model listing.

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