From Dichotomous to Relational Thinking in the Psychology of Creativity: A Review of Great Debates

Vlad Petre Glaveanu

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This article invites us to think about the role of dichotomies in the psychology of creativity and how they can sometimes lead to a misrepresentation of the phenomenon. Especially when turned into oppositions, which is often the case with dichotomies, distinctions such as those between individual and society, Big C and little c creativity, evolutionary and revolutionary creation, domain generality and domain specificity, product and process, can have detrimental effects on our understanding of the nature and characteristics of creative expression. In contrast, the article advocates for a relational type of logic, supported by socio-cultural and pragmatist sources, one that encourages us to observe the interdependence between categories and the ways in which they are embedded into each other. Examples are given from the five “debates” mentioned above and some consequences of adopting a new way of thinking about creativity discussed towards the end.
TidsskriftCreativity and Leisure: An Intercultural and Cross-disciplinary Journal (CLICJ)
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)83-96
StatusUdgivet - 2012


  • Creativity
  • Great debates
  • Categories
  • Relational logic
  • Dichotomous logic