Creativity and General Systems Theory

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Universal-Publishers, 1998 - Psychology - 96 pages
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Creativity is viewed within the context of systems theory. A system is any living organism, from an individual to an organization. This book looks at the connections between the various components of a system in the creative process. Learning about this process helps enhance future creative work. An organization can establish and maintain an environment which is conducive to creativity. In a straighforward manner, this book describes the elements contributing to creativity in an open system.
 

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Contents

General Systems Theory
1
Talcott Parsons Foundation
2
General Terms
3
Strengths of Using Systems Theory
4
Limits to Systems Theory
5
Systems Observations
8
Epiphanies in Interpretation
9
Systems Theorys Practical Applications
10
Answering Critics Of Creative Systems Applications
42
Creative Power in Passion
43
Summary
44
Works Cited
48
Creative Productivity
50
Whats The Problem?
51
Teaching Is Leading
52
Why Creativity Feels Good
53

Summary
11
Works Cited
14
Creativity
17
Creativity And Perspective
18
Creativity for Survival
19
Creative People Know Change Is Inevitable
20
Selectivity In Creativity
21
Creativity Confronts Jealousy
22
Creative Visualization
23
Creativity Through The Environment
24
Reinforcing Creative Behavior
25
Creativity Through Walking Around
26
Creative Questioning
27
Summary
28
Works Cited
32
Principles of Systems Applied Creatively
34
Feedback is Complex
35
Persistence is Vital During Times of Negative Feedback
36
Paradox and Creativity
37
Creative Specialization
38
A Creative Use of Words
39
Creative Synergy
40
A Tale of Two Systems
41
Creatively Using Interpersonal Skills
54
Perseverance In Creativity
55
Creative Growth in Self and Others
56
Suggestions To Enhance Creativity
57
Creativity Links People and Ideas
58
Breaking Through Two Barriers to Creative Thought
59
Two Creative Ways to Analyze Observations
60
Summary
61
Works Cited
63
Sociological Creativity
65
Individual Contributions in Society
66
Complexities in Large Systems
67
Evaluating Information for Creative Purposes
68
Creative Ways of Moving with A Changing Environment
69
Applying Systems Theory Creatively
71
A Final Example
73
Three Types of Systems
74
Complexity and Creative Change
75
Creatively Looking at the New
76
Summary
77
Works Cited
80
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Assistant Professor in the Department of Comminications Studies and Theatre Arts at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Ma

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