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Juniper Hill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199365173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199365173.001.0001

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Developing Psychological Enablers and Inhibitors of Creativity

Developing Psychological Enablers and Inhibitors of Creativity

(p.67) 3 Developing Psychological Enablers and Inhibitors of Creativity
Becoming Creative

Juniper Hill

Oxford University Press

In this chapter classical, jazz, and traditional musicians from Cape Town to Helsinki to Los Angeles express how psychological factors can lead to major hurdles in being creative. Two main psychological inhibitors are anxiety and self-perception of lacking potential, which impact motivation at four levels. Multiple sociocultural factors can influence an individual’s anxiety level, self-image, and motivation. The chapter analyzes how these psychological enablers and inhibitors of creativity are shaped by (1) different cultures’ beliefs about talent and potential; (2) identification and relationships with role models, mentors, and peers; (3) formal assessment by authority figures, informal feedback from peers, and self-judgment; and (4) values and attitudes related to perfectionism, making mistakes, and originality.

Keywords:   creativity, self-image, self-esteem, anxiety, motivation, talent, role models, assessment, feedback, perfectionism

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