Creativity in adulthood
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This review of literature focused on the creativity in adulthood. Specifically, several issues were addressed including how creativity changes in adulthood, relationship between childhood and adulthood creativity, creative style in later years, influences of creativity on adults, and promoting creativity in adulthood. Although earlier theories suggested a decline in creativity in later years, recent perspectives viewed creativity as a lifelong process with some qualitative changes by age. Studies also indicated that worldplay, having an imaginary companion, and parental attitudes in the childhood were predictors of creativity in the later years. Studies also showed that creative people had more positive attitudes toward aging and saw their lives as more meaningful than their noncreative counterparts. They felt themselves successful and productive. The successful strategies enhancing creativity in adults included providing a supportive work environment, giving constructive feedback, developing training programs, incubation, setting goals, using synectics, brainstorming and mindfulness.