Creativity: New Ideas/New Films

The philosopher Isaiah Berlin had said: “Ideas never beget ideas as butterflies beget butterflies.”

Creativity has often been associated with psychosis and neurosis.

L.S. Kubie elaborated: “Creativity consists in the capacity to find new and unexpected connections.”

It’s the preconscious, rather than the conscious or unconscious, that’s our creative faculty, as both conscious and unconscious have rigid associative systems.”

The filmmaker John Schlesinger, Oscar winner for the 1969 Midnight Cowboy, had poignantly observed that “it’s difficult to be freely creative in something that calls itself an industry”

Select Bibliography:

Koestler, Arthur. The Act of Creation.

Shekerjian, Denise. Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas Are Born.   NY: Viking, 1990.

Taylor, Calvin W. and Frank Barron (eds). Scientific Creativity: Its Recognition and Development. NY: John Wiley,  1963.

Weissman, Philip. Creativity in the Theatre: A Psychoanalytic Study.

NY: Basic Books, 1965

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