Prismatic vision : a phenomenological exploration of creativity

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Helen Nita Hotz (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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D. Michelle Irwin

Abstract: This qualitative study chronicles the personal journeys of five females and their struggle to give expression to the creative patterns at different points of their lives. Through the phenomenological process, the methods of narrative inquiry, and informal interviewing, the author investigates the creative lives of four students and her own life. First the author brings to language the connections between what she identifies as the inner monologue and outer dialogue, and the relationship of both to creativity. Then, as she examines the individuals' understanding of their creative expression, she seeks patterns in their varied life-pictures using what she calls prismatic vision to tell their stories. In this process she is viewing the varied stories of individuals from early life through adulthood. Second, through informal interviews and dialoguing with the individuals she attempts to see the entire picture and to determine the connections between and among them; each picture must be viewed separately and at the same time one must be aware of all the stories, much like viewing a prism. The study concludes that in recognizing the connection between the inner monologue and the outer dialogue and allowing it to reach a conscious state, we give access to learning for all individuals. The growth of understanding that evolves when an individual is allowed to process his or her own inner monologue and outer dialogue not only leads to the unfolding of a creative expression, but opens the door to understanding how the thinking process unfolds for each individual. These stories are intended for individuals interested in further languaging the creative experience of thinking.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
Creative thinking
Thought and thinking

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