Het volgende citaat komt uit een artikel van psycholoog Raymond Nickerson en is voor mij al weer heel wat jaren de inspiratie en het kompas voor dat waar ik mijn werk van heb gemaakt: de creatieve ontwikkeling van (jonge) mensen.
“I find the following assumptions about creativity to be plausible if not compelling: (1) Both nature
and nurture are important determinants of creative expression; (2) debate over which has the greater effect is generally not very useful; (3) essentially all people of normal intelligence have the potential to be creative to some degree; (4) few people realize anything close to their potential in this regard; (5) creative expression is generally desirable, because it usually contributes positively to the quality of life of the individual who engages in it and often enriches the lives of others as well; (6) the search for ways to enhance creativity – to help people develop more of their potential – is a reasonable quest in the absence of compelling evidence that such a search is futile; (7) the evidence, although somewhat tenuous, suggests that creativity can be enhanced; and (8) how to enhance creativity is not well understood, but there are possibilities that merit exploration.”
Nickerson, R.S. (1999). Enhancing creativity (pp. 392-430). In Sternberg, R.J. Handbook of creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.