Creativity and Wonder

Vlad Petre Glaveanu, Vlad Petre Glăveanu

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Abstract

The experience of wonder is often said to be at the origin of acts of creativity, both historical and mundane, from big breakthroughs in science to the everyday discoveries of children at play. And yet, wonder and wondering have rarely been theorized until now, at least in the psychology of creativity. Understood as one of the main ways in which we engage with the possible, wonder presents us, upon closer inspection, with a paradox typical for creativity—experiencing what is present (the here and now) through the lenses of what is absent (the not-yet-here). Wondering is grounded in the possibility of adopting multiple perspectives on a certain reality; many of which are yet unknown to the creator while anticipated and actively looked for. In this paper, the creative process fuelled by the experience of wonder is described as a cyclical interplay between awareness, excitement, and exploration of the possible. Thus, one of the main consequences of reflecting on wonder and wondering is not only a renewed focus on process in creativity research but, most of all, a new emphasis on the less “visible” and yet essential aspects of creative action as it bridges the actual and the possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalTHE JOURNAL OF CREATIVE BEHAVIOR
Volume53
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • imagination
  • metaposition
  • perspective
  • possible
  • wonder

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