If it’s pen to paper, brush to canvas, ink to skin, or any other form of creativity that makes your heart sing, then International Creativity Month is your time to shine! Creativity obviously isn’t contained to one month, but even the best of us needs a kickstart sometimes. If baby is arriving in January or you’ve just gotten the news and are looking for inspiration already, then a baby girl, boy, or gender-neutral name with the spirit of International Creativity Month is just what the doctor ordered.
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What is International Creativity Month?
Each year, January provides a fresh start for the world. But rather than the tired adage of “new year, new me,” International Creativity Month inspires new beginnings in your creative endeavors. This month embraces flinging yourself into the unknown depths of your mind, nudging you with each brushstroke or chord that your imagination is your superpower. It was founded by Randall Munson, the author of “Creativity 102” as a plea to seek out inspiration in your daily life and push out of the familiar comfort zones.
Where does the word “creativity” come from?
Creativity was associated with the divine for several centuries of recorded history. In the Middle Ages, creativity was believed to be solely God’s power due to the Christian belief that God was the creator of all things. The term “creativity,” in all its divinity, in this time was the Latin creare. However, as the Renaissance took hold, so did the artists creating the masterpieces found throughout galleries today; the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo began the tradition of signing their work. Finally, by the late 1600s, creativity was anyone’s for the taking—as long as they were brilliant enough to seize it. It was believed that creativity was accessible by geniuses, and this theory would be explored in-depth for the following centuries.
What are the three types of creativity?
In Psychology, thanks to the likes of Sigmund Freud studying it with the neurological perspective initially, there are three types of creativity classified. These types are exploratory, transformational, and combinational creativity. Exploratory creativity is perhaps the one most often identified as the creative process because it simply is the generation of new ideas contained to one area. Transformational creativity is the same, but without heeding practicality—meaning, not even the sky is the limit. Lastly, and somewhat unsurprisingly, combinational creativity is, indeed, a combination of the two.