Chapter 7

PROBLEMS WHEN CREATIVITY IS REPRESSED

Evidence from both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of the development of the creative thinking abilities suggests that many highly creative children at almost all ages sacrifice their creativity by repressing their creative needs and abandoning creative activities. For some children, this occurs during the kindergarten period. With favorable conditions in the primary school, some of them recover, but apparently some do not. The next really serious period of abandonment occurs near the end of the third grade or at about the beginning of the fourth. Again, some recover while others apparently sacrifice their creativity permanently. The third period of decline occurs at about the time the individual enters junior high school, and another occurs near the end of the high school period.

In this chapter, I shall present some ideas concerning the problems

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