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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Susan Keller-Mathers

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Susan Keller-Mathers


This purpose of this project is to explore the concept of polarities. I have been using creative problem solving for years, but recently, I have come to realize that some of the complexities we face in our everyday lives are not actually problems to solve, but rather are polarities to manage (Johnson, 2014). By undertaking this project, I aimed to build my skill set around polarity management in order to help me develop in both my personal and professional spheres. This project allowed me to explore some of the literature of polarities as well as put the concepts into practice by creating ten polarity maps. I started with five polarity maps focused on polarities that challenge me in my personal life, and then extended the scope to explore and map five polarities that I encounter in facilitating creativity. Ultimately, this project has expanded my capacity as a creative leader and stoked the flames of my passion for learning.