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Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Gerard Puccio

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Change is hard, and shifting one’s behavior, even with the support of a counselor, can be challenging. While it has not been common for the field of counseling and therapeutic behavior change to draw on it, creativity studies have much to offer counselors and practitioners as well as individuals who just want to realize change in their lives. The potential contributions of creativity studies to lasting and meaningful behavior change are enhanced especially if we take up a definition of creativity that draws on traditional definitions and theories but that also integrates insights from fields like neuroscience and complex dynamical systems, so that our notions of creativity are as updated as possible. The purpose of this project and paper, therefore, is to first re-define creativity (in a way that synthesizes, distills and updates) and then to demonstrate applications in the domain of creative behavior change in particular.

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