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Levels or degrees of creativity

Creativity may be realized in varying degrees. There is traditionally opposition between original genius who introduce fundamental noveltyand talent who merely is good at doing something. Arieti (1976) differentiated between ordinary and great creativity. The first is the function of ego of every human being, while the second is the prerogative of genius. These two levels of creativity are different in their functions and outcomes both on personal and societal levels: "If it is true that ordinary creativity uplifts man's morale and dispels or decreases neuroses, great creativity is responsible for humanity's great achievements and social progress'" (ibid., 10-11). Gardner (1993) contrasted "little C creativity" - the sort of all of us evince in our daily life - and "big C creativity" - the kind of breakthrough which occurs only very occasionally. Similarly, Boden (1991) distinguished between psychological (P) and historical (H) creativity saying that the first relates to something that is novel and original for a particular individual, and the latter to the whole of human history. Other synonyms for this opposition include mundane/mature, everyday/exceptional creativity, etc.

Levels or degrees of creativity. Dictionary of Creativity: Terms, Concepts, Theories & Findings in Creativity Research / Compiled and edited by Eugene Gorny., 2007.
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