Creativity

If Creativity is your top strength, thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.


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Virtue Category

Creativity falls in the virtue category of Wisdom. Wisdom deals with strengths that involve the way we acquire and use knowledge.

Key Concepts

There are two essential components to Creativity- originality and adaptiveness. A creative individual generates ideas or behaviors that are novel or unusual and these make a positive contribution to the individual's life or the lives of others.

Creativity: Defined

Creativity In Action

Creativity Motto

Do Things in a Different Way.







Exercises for Boosting Creativity

  • When facing a problem, define the issue clearly and then practice divergent thinking (ex: developing multiple solutions/outcomes rather than just one solution).
  • Set time aside each day for creative thinking or creative activities (such as: writing poems or using an everyday household object in a new way)

Examples of Creativity

Movies

  • Life is Beautiful
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Louder Than a Bomb
  • Red Like the Sky
  • To Be and to Have
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Songs

  • Make Your Own Kind of Music – The Mamas & The Papas
  • The Candy Man - Willy Wonka -- Gene Wilder
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Beatles
  • Paperback Writer – Beatles
  • My Imagination - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • I Write the Songs--Barry Manilow
  • 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon

Creativity Monologue

Read aloud to Explore the Strength of Creativity

The Real Thing: A Play (Monologue) by Tom Stoppard

HENRY:
Leave me out of it. They don’t count. Maybe Brodie got a raw deal, maybe he didn’t. I don’t know. It doesn’t count. He’s a lout with language. I can’t help somebody who thinks, or thinks he thinks, that editing a newspaper is censorship, or that throwing bricks is a demonstration while building tower blocks is social violence, or that unpalatable statement is provocation while disrupting the speaker is the exercise of free speech…Words don’t deserve that kind of malarkey. They’re innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they’re no good anymore, and Brodie knocks their corners off. I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem, which children will speak for you when you’re dead.

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