The Importance of a Creative Approach for Caregivers

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What is creativity?According to Schirrmacher, creativity can be explained as:1•Attitude NOT an aptitude•Process of doing things•Whether or not there is an end product•Skill requiring exercise•Set of personality traits, different for every individual; and•Set of environmental conditions that can shape and/or influenceCreativity involves seeing the same thing as everybody else and thinking of them quite differently, wandering outside the paths that have been laid down by people and exploring new ones. It is allowing one self to make mistakes, to expand their universe of possibilities and see alternatives that had not seemed evident. Most people are creative to various extents. It is just that some people act on their ideas while others ignore them (for various factors discussed below). Inventors and artists take action on their ideas. And just like them, each of us can be creative if we recognize our unique talents and develop mastery in those areas. That is no guarantee that the world will recognize us however, it does provide the soul satisfaction that comes with living a creative life.

The experiences children have during their first years of life can significantly enhance the development of their creativity.

Indeed, expressions of creativity starts early in life and they either expand or narrow as life progresses, depending on the response it receives.4, 5 We are all creative only at different levels and this creativity can be learned. For instance, Wang Yani, at the age of only two had shown the world that with the proper guidance (her environment), support (her father), and determination (herself) one can excel their level of creativity.1 Although everyone else, like Yani, has a creative potential, not everyone is fully in touch with it. As children grow older, they may begin to lose contact with their natural creative abilities and therefore lose contact...