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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity

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Assigning Value to Intuitive Dimensions in Creativity

The abilities described by people as intuitive processes include anything from having an unexplained feeling surrounding an event, or having met with a psychic experience, the latter occurring mostly without a catalyst or deliberate engagement. This paper briefly explores the use of these intuitive qualities within the subject of creativity, a thinking skill enhanced by using all available resources. A brief questionnaire was administered to fifteen colleagues regarding information or feelings gained from intuition, dreams, unexplained voice contact or sensations, visual events, and other self-described developments that could be classified as intuitive phenomena. The results are posted in Appendix C. Studies searching for sixth sense have been conducted at Stanford University in California, and The Rhine Research Institute at Duke University; intuitive work has been researched by Cynthia Burnett at The International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, New York and begun early on by Jean Houston. This paper is intended to put forward the idea of using the intuitive sixth sense as a tool, in spite of its subjective, qualitative characteristics.