Edited and arranged by: Stanley Rosner Ph.D and Lawrence
Edwin Abt, Ph.D.
Publisher: North River Press, Inc. Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.,
well-known men and women from five broad professional fields
examine and discuss the nature of their creativity, and the forces
in their lives, which helped them, develop it.
variegated it may be, is creativity a unitary process that is,
when it is present, does it function in similar ways in different
fields and among widely different creative persons? The
answer to this question is difficult to come by, as readers of our
The Creative Experience will recall. Others, remembering our
Essays in Creativity, will call to mind what theorist of different
persuasions have had to say about this matter.
purpose of the present work is to investigate the issue further
to probe the matter in the experiences of an additional group
of creative persons who are applying their talents in areas
different from those addressed in our first book.
the most part, The Creative Expression examines creative
experiences in persons working in fields that are more directly
known to Americans fields like engineering and technology, the
arts, criticism, the communications media, and business and
that therefore touch our lives with greater frequency and
persistence. Among persons in such creative endeavors do we
deal with the same creative urges, the same persistent problems,
the same unknown outcomes?
reader of The Creative Expression will have made this
determination for himself. For our part, we are deeply
grateful to the twenty-one persons who have been kind enough to
share themselves and their time to further our inquiry, to permit
us to round out a look at the larger arena of creative effort
represented by the additional fields in which creativity expresses
are persuaded that, although the protean nature of the creative
process, the creative experience, and the creative product still
eludes us, we have made a forward movement toward a better
understanding of it.
Creative Expression represents an attempt to compare the pure
artist and scientist in their creative endeavors with the
engineer, the physicist working for industry, the art or drama
critic, the businessman, and the applied artist and
musician-composer. The Creative Experience dealt with
creativity in the first group, and the present interviews deal
with the latter group. We ask, What are some of the
similarities and differences between these groups? Is the
creative process the same, regardless of orientation towards pure
research and pure art or in the applied areas? We
recognize the limitations of these interviews. They do not
represent research in the strict sense of the term, which
would necessitate exhaustive inquire, with large samples, under
controlled conditions. Rather, we are looking for
qualitative differences and similarities that may serve heuristic
purposes. We hope that we may be able to isolate some
factors that will stimulate further research.