Anthropo-creativity : a case study of creativity at the intersection of environment, personality, and cultural practices
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A creative individual, like a ship in the ocean, is influenced by the crosscurrents of the environment, personal characteristics, and the cultural practices that surround the act of creation, particularly in a theatre setting. Accordingly, this interpretive, phenomenological case study, examines the creative experiences of an urban, 73 year old male, who has had prolonged residencies in three different cultures (British, West Indian, and American), in order to understand how cultural practices have created, defined, and influenced his creative functioning. Data from the study indicates that creative individuals - particularly those engaged in anthropo-creativity - who select a relatively less saturated or restrictive environment, invest energy in learning the language and cultural practices, can be flexible and adaptable, a nd are fortunate to find oneself accepted by the natives in an opportune zeitgeist, will perhaps find a more comprehensive expression of their creativity than in other, more restrictive situations. Further, the existence of a nurturing environment - variety in social and intellectual stimulus, parental encouragement of a potentially creative pursuit, provisions (both material and disciplinary) to enable the pursuit, and a combination of creative traits - tends to increase the potential for engaging in creative endeavors and/or leading a creative lifestyle.