Date of Award

12-2014

Access Control

Campus-Only Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.

Department

International Center for Studies in Creativity

Advisor

Dr. Cyndi Burnett

Department Home page

http://creativity.buffalostate.edu/

Abstract

Although current research recognizes the existence of multiple types of intelligence, traditionally, cognitive intelligence has been the most valued in western culture. The values embodied by western culture and recent advancements in technology, offering access to information only a keystroke away, may be reasons both the value and capacity of cognitive intelligence continues to reign supreme. There is an imbalance of the types of intelligences in our culture. The quantifiable, concrete and fact driven types of intelligence remain primary while less tangible types of intelligence, such as Spiritual Intelligence (SI), has gone neglected. “Spirituality is becoming an important part of life, not only for educators, psychologists, philosophers and scientists, but for countless individuals who want to search for meaning in their lives” (Sisk & Torrance, 2001, p. xi). This project is an extension of my big question paper where I discussed the development and characteristics of the concept of Spiritual Intelligence and its potential relationship to creativity. The big question paper has provided an essential foundation and the inspiration for this project. In result, I will utilize the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process to bridge the gap between the mind, body, and spirit in an effort to cultivate Spiritual Intelligence and creative growth from a holistic perspective. This will ultimately guide me closer to identifying a personal vision and creative philosophy.

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