This study discusses how newly formed creative abilities may dissipate and weaken within a ‘Cycle of Creativity’ which begins and ends in the same condition of information and creative dependency. That is, individuals may experience regressive stages of either lacking in or struggling with previously recognized creative abilities. However, individuals may realize improvements in creative ability and increased creative activity with a newfound sense of recognition, identity, and acceptance from the dynamic relations and supportive connections of a social group in much the same manner as one does from family. Such relationships, it is suggested, may help disrupt a regressive pattern of creative dependency. Ostensibly, the influences of a social group provide an ecology in which individuals of the group feel secure enough to take risks with the content and methodologies of their work which, for some, extend beyond conventional application. This study illustrates an apparent and persistent theme of a self-absorbent and impatient culture which struggles with personal inner pride and individual poise. Nevertheless, those same individuals exhibit inclinations to improve their creative abilities and a willingness to escape conditioned patterns of passive learning with the support and reassurance of social group connections. This study discusses and advocates an ideology that creativity does not emerge from oneness or sameness, or by merely replicating past practices. Rather, creative abilities may be improved by encountering struggle, the unknown, and the mysterious; with recognition and a desire for change; and, with the sustaining power of not only powerful social connections, but how encountering that which is most feared becomes most empowering.
|Keywords:||Creativity, Influences of Social Connections, Risk Taking, Recognition, Identity, and Acceptance|
Assistant Professor, Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA
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