GOALS FOR GUIDING CREATIVE TALENT
Highly creative individuals usually have very strong creative needs. They are attracted to the mysterious, to the unknown, and to the unexplained. They have a strong need to question, to explain, to test ideas, and to communicate the results of their testing. Creative individuals, however, need outside encouragement to keep up their efforts. Society in general does not supply this encouragement, but teachers and counselors are in a position to supply much of this support.
It should be recognized, however, that the goal of guidance is not to promote just individuality and creativity but to encourage healthy kinds of individuality, creativity, and conformity. As shown by Pepinsky's findings cited in the preceding chapter, creativity and conformity are not antithetical to each other. Many creative individuals, however, need guidance in achieving the balance between creativity and con