Book Definition: A mental process that produces novel responses that contribute to the solutions of problems.

In Your Own Words


  • The ability to produce new ideas.
  • the ability to come up with new solutions to problems
  • The ability to stray away from the norm and provides useful insight
  • Think outside the box!
  • How imaginative you are.
  • Unconventional methods

NOTE: There are two kinds of creativity: divergent and convergent. Divergent thinking is coming up with many solutions and convergent thinking is coming up with one solution.
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Examples/Functions


  • Authors that write great novels have that ability because of creativity.
  • Albert Einstein, a physicist, was a very creative individual and rather "genius".
  • Teachers must be creative when teaching new material to students by presenting the information in new and interactive ways.
  • Using your imagination.
  • A Director would use this to create a new movie.
  • Students must be creative when giving examples for definitions.
  • Creating an advertisement needs creativity.
  • Coming up with unique ways to solve problems.
  • Poets!!!
  • Entrepreneurs create unique ways to start business and make profits.
  • Authors such as J.K Rowling and Stephanie Meyer are creative in that they resist conventional ways of thinking and create new concepts and stories that have never been heard before.
  • Inventors
  • Posters that need to appeal to all sorts of people, having certain designs and colors.

Additional Resources


  1. http://www.diegm.uniud.it/create/games.htm

Multiple Choice Questions


  1. Which of the following is not a characteristic of creative people?
  • Independence
  • Preference for complexity
  • A need for stimulating interaction
  • Willingness to restructure a problem
  • Inhuman talent (Answer)