How Creativity Is An Equal Balance Of Individuals With A Variety Of Neurological Disabilities

1181 Words Oct 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Over the years, the term “creativity” has been given numerous varying definitions. It appears as if each individual— a few of whom include Oliver Sacks, Sigmund Freud, and Jean Piaget— has his/her own unique understanding of the seemingly simple term. In analyzing Oliver Sacks’s An Anthropologist on Mars, the definition of creativity is a crucial factor in the clarification and appreciation of individuals with a variety of neurological disabilities. Without a universally accepted definition, creativity in the lives of Sacks’ patients would be merely subjective. Howard Gardner, a renowned psychologist, proposes a possible definition for creativity in his book Creating Minds. He argues that creativity is an equal balance of “Individual Talent,” “Field,” and “Domain/Discipline.” Although both field and discipline are important features, they may not directly relate to creativity. These features are not innate qualities of an individual and therefore have the ability to change instantly. Creativity is a unique trait that cannot be defined by a single concept or person. It is tailored to the individual and draws from a variety of domains including talent, skill, and intelligence. Together, these domains work to form the flexible definition of creativity that is established throughout the case studies in Sacks’ An Anthropologist on Mars. There are numerous commonalities that link the individuals examined by Oliver Sacks. Within the realm of creativity as it relates to Sacks’…

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