chapter  VIII
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Personal and Artistic Creativity

Creativity is conventionally thought of in the artistic sense, such as painting or writing a book. However, there is a form of personal creativity that has nothing to do with being artistic. This is the individual who through the function of his emerging real

self-usually, but not necessarily, in psychotherapy-makes an original, unique creative rearrangement of his own inner psychological patterns, which then becomes expressed outwardly in a new, original, more adaptive, and harmonious relationship with his outer environmental world. In psychotherapy this type of creativity announces itself initially through a specific act. However, over time, it eventually becomes consolidated as a perspective on inner and outer life which is characterized by spontaneity, flexibility, and originality.