Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


J. Michael Fox

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How Creativity Can Be Used to Cope: My Creative Journey

This project examines how a positive attitude and affective creative skills and behavioral skills can raise self-awareness and empower individuals to make healthy changes in their lives. The goal is to demonstrate that no matter what the individuals’ circumstances might be, they have the mind power to overcome self-victimization and create happiness from within. Affective creative skills such as fluency, flexibility, originality, divergent thinking, curiosity, imagination and many more skills allow for change and transformation within an individual. Behavioral skills are the actions or steps that are taken to achieve and demonstrate affective creativity to create happiness, clarity and longevity throughout life.

The outcome of this project is the plan to launch a website called “Monday Night Diary.” This website explores the usefulness of affective creative skills and behavioral skills. The content of the website will include self recorded YouTube talks where I share my creative journey, TED talks that inspire change and transformation, Vimeo videos that demonstrate affective creativity and also Web MD and Reader’s Digest articles that support many healthy behavioral skills. Other aspects that will be explored and discussed on the website will be alternative medicines, spirituality, meditation, nature and sustainability.

Key words: creativity, self-actualization, self-awareness, empowerment, happiness, and change.