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Creative Vision of The World

Personality Creative Vision of the World is a complex hierarchical system consisting of values and worldview attitudes, emotional position to the world, as well as the creative method, understood as a multi-level techniques and  as a tool and means of its transformation.

In the basis of  holistic creative vision is a creative interaction with  the world. This interaction  has complex, multi-level nature, which reflects universal structure of all integrative objects. This fundamental, “going-all-the-way-through” structure is reflected in a hierarchical creative attitude of the personality, which includes axiological, cognitive, affective and  behavioral components, where  the first  component is  not the highest separated level of the structure, but its basic system-forming factor,  the core and  centre of organization.
Each of these components manifests itself through the means of the appropriate pairs of opposed, complement mechanisms of creativity:

 

Table 1. System of complementary mechanisms of Creativity 

Components      Pairs of Mechanisms
Axiological Idealization  –  Problematization
Cognitive Decentration –  Simplification
Emotional Identification –  Meditation
Behavioral Self-actualization – Personification

 

These components are realized by means of the following social psychological mechanisms of creative activity:  idealization, decentration, identification  and self – actualization, and each of its mechanisms manifests itself in real creative activity in the form of concrete means, rules and techniques. The essential  condition  of creative  interaction of a personality with an external  world is the realization of a unified system of mutually connected mechanisms.

Idealization is  understood as vision, seeking and revealing  of the ideal nature of  object,  a  mental  constructions  of  its  ideal  image in which supreme values are harmoniously blended and the vital contradictions are resolved. It is creating and fulfillment of ideal plan and underlying task, generation of daring hypothesis, embodiment of pragmatic and aesthetic ideal, realization of ideal final result.
Problematization is a discovery and point thinning of vital contradictions of the object, a process of  problem finding and problem determination. It is perception and search for shortcomings, blanks, discord, asymmetry and imperfections of object.  It is  a strive for splitting of  the united object,  finding opposite features of phenomena, vision its dark sides and  “shadows”.
Decentrationmanifests itself as a process of creation different approaches toward an object, changing one’s mind and taking into account various points of view.  This mechanism represents the process of mental replacement of habitual connections by different unusual ones, deviation from traditional patterns of thinking, destruction of traditional notions, mental inertia and stereotypes overcoming. It is the process of generation various unconventional ideas and unusual images.
Simplification is understood as getting rid of all complicated, inconsequential, tangled, insignificant and confusing, as achievement of clarity and elegance of the form and at the same time depth and accuracy of the contents. It is ability to concentrate upon the essence of an object, express its complexity by means of simple and clear notions. It is capacity to choose best one combination, basing on criteria of hidden order, harmony and beauty.
Identification is realized by means of active immersion and embodiment in objects and their circumstances, blending with them and experiencing emotional resonance. By means of this mechanism, the personality is absorbed in the object of material and non-material nature, it is transformed into them and gets to know their internal impulses, circumstances and logic of development.
Meditationis alienation and feelings of isolation from the external and inner world, maintaining necessary distance from the object of interaction, impassive and fresh perception of its nature, real relationships, its harmony, beauty and symmetry. It is a vision of the world and oneself in a new way through defamilirization or making familiar things and phenomena strange.
Self-actualization is understood as a process of the most complete revelation and development of one’s personal potentials, as a productive and integrated self-realization of creative possibilities.
Mechanism of self-actualization reflects not only free and subject’s spontaneous self-expression, but its internal activity, ability to make efforts, aimed at the self-mobilization, and  highest possible realization of one’s own creative potential.
Integrated self-fulfillment involves realization of ideal designs, plans and models, spontaneous self-expression, self-unfolding, self-determination and self-assertion.
Personification is an animation and inspiration of the objects, endowing them with  human properties,  subject’s characteristics and recognition of their independence and their right to self determination and self-development.  It is letting objects to go, getting them right on free activity, letting them take its own direction. Besides this mechanism manifests itself as creation  of a self-generating and self-developing structures which independently move to an ideal goal, making an unified well-balanced system, capable  of an independent search and productive reconciliation of its contradictions.

Major stages, mechanisms and techniques of Creative Vision

Creative interaction with the world is rich not only in content,  but also in temporal structure,  which includes series of consecutive  stages: perception  and emotional  experience of objects, their analysis, comprehension and operating them.

Creative Perception of reality starts with releasing from the traditional systems  and notions, stereotypes  returning  to the primordial ignorance, to “nothing”, to origin  and source  of the world aloofness from the world is naturally replaced by insight, ecstasy a surprise at the riches and beauty the world.
The complete renunciation from one’s “Self” with its distortive internal impulses and the load of acquired knowledge gives rise to the new world, in all its cleanliness freshness and beauty.
Creative consciousness independently reduces the threshold of sensation, increases  their intensity  concentrates attention  on each of them,  simultaneously  synthesizing  them into a bright  unified image.  Activity  of the perception reveals itself in consideration the object from different  angles, it allows to notice  something new, mysterious, handsome, subtlety  and  details, predict  their future  and the ideal essence.
Creative Emotional experience.The creative perception  of reality is full of emotional experience and enjoyment of the colors, sounds and shapes of an object. As a special kind of trans-personal experience we define blending, unification with an object of perception, up to complete immersion into its space, time and essence.
Hence, the complete saturated of the peak experiencing, “assimilation” with another object, is naturally followed by the cognitive removal, impassive contemplation of its structure, harmony and beauty.
While the  creative  perception starts  with the getting rid of the stereotypes and fixations, the  creative analysis of  the reality  is caused by doubts  releasing from  the captivity of the common since, denial of traditional theoretical concepts.
Creative Thinking consists of abilities to penetrate into the essence of the object, to separate the signs and single out strong opposite and also masked but useful one’s.  At the same time, it reveals itself in free transition  to its over – and undersystems,  to understanding  causes and consequences of their activities, unfolding of temporal structures de-termination of trajectory of their development.
Volumetric and polyphonic vision of the objects  is maintained by means of creation of different approaches to their exploration application  of  various  points  of view  of professionals, dilettantes, geniuses, children, living and inanimate natural objects.
Creative analysis also implies the revelation of all contradicting systems, allocation and intensification of the main, vital elements, that determine the line of development.
Creative Comprehension of the objects and phenomena  of reality consists of the prediction  and anticipation  of their future conditions, mental creation of ideal properties and circumstances.  It also includes resacralization of the objects, acceptance of its universal value, understanding it as a necessary link in the  Universal chain of events, embodiment  of the clots of human spirit, labor and emotions in it reflecting essence of Absolute.
Creative Manipulations. Creative  interaction with the world consists not only of perception and recognition of its ideal essence  and submission  to its  main lows, but also of spontaneous,  expressive self-revelation striving to play with the essence and forms of the world a wish to break usual connections to over  come  causality  and  time  and  of  experience  its pliability and plasticity.
Creative attitude towards the world always  includes some elements of the game, risk and humor acquisition  of fantastic power ability to manipulate its objects ideals and laws. Creative personality consciously brings  an intrigue mystery  and paradox  into its attitude towards the world fills it  with problems, intensifies  conflicts,  endows the objects with the subject’s attributes and determines  the rules of the game. It revives inanimate objects reinforces and strengthens their essence fills  them with the signs  and properties of the ideal, set them in paradoxal situations, splits them into numerous constituents, creating new and useful combinations and patterns out of them.
In this case, the desire for creative manipulation of the objects of the world is based on the realization that the reality is already implicitly contains in itself its own future, that everything in nature exists only in an extremely enlarged or reduced, expanded or collapsed over time, that all is connected to everything and just the natural evolution or  deliberate experimentation with reality can arouse and build new relationships, substance and form.
The complexity, multilateral and informative riches of personality’s interaction with the world is compressed, summarized  and lined up by means of a special method, represented  in an unfolding  algorithm that   includes  a  series  of  consecutive  operations  and  directed intellectual  efforts.

Method of creative  dialogue personality with the World 

1. Creative Perception
1. Purification. Return to the beginning. Stop the time, tear all existing connections, return to the originality primordial ignorance,  to “Nothing”, emptiness and silence of the world.

2. Bright, clear and keen perception of the surrounding object’s signs.
2.1. Sounds.
a) Percept  solely sounds, absorb them and dissolve into them.
b) Single out each separate sound in turn, be able increase its intensity.
c) Apprehend new, unknown noises, space vibrations.
2.2. Colours.
a) Percept solely colours.  b) Single out each colours and be able  to increase  its intensity.  c) See the luminescence and the twinkling of the Space colours.
2.3. Smells (a,b,c).
2.4. Tastes (a,b,c).
2.5. Touch sensation (a,b,c).
2.6. Configurations (a,b,c).
2.7. Motion of the object (a,b,c).
2.8. Percept all object signs together. a) Synthesize all sensations, create unified, polyphonic image. b) Break the borderline between oneself and the world, be opened to its rhythms, feel oneself the inseparable part of it.
2.9. Surprise  and  ecstasy. Discover the world a new, give it a new and fresh look, see things around as they are.

3. Isolation and perception of the separate qualities of  object.
3.1. See solely new  qualities .
3.2. See the beauty and harmony.
3.3. Find a mystery and enigma.
3.4. Notice the subtlety, details and nuances.
4. Spatial decenration.
4.1. See the object: a) from above b) from below c) from the inside..
4.2. Percept object from the position of: a)  an small insect, b)  a huge mountain. c) any another object and subject
Percept object : a) as an insect-small, b) as a mountain-big comparing to object.
5. Temporal decentration.
a) See the object in the its past and in the future
b)   see germs of the future and traces of the past in the object.
6. The expansion of Vision
a) See the objects located in the room all together, b) See simultaneously all the events happen in the house at the moment, c)…in the town, d)…in the your country, e)…on the Earth, f)…in the Universe.
b)   See the history of the object, its origin, Culmination and completion on the “unfolded time screen”.

2.  Creative Emotional Expereance

1. Enjoying  the play of colours, sounds and shapes, the delight of the world beauty and harmony.
2. Emotional decentration. Emotional attitude towards the object: a) Love, b) Hatred, c) Indifference, d) Irony, e) “Sub specie aeternitatis”
3. Identification with the object, immersion and assimilation with it, intuitive comprehension of its unique essence.
4. Cognitive self-division from the object, holistic, simultaneous perception of object’s connections, harmony and symmetry.
5. Enjoyment of the play with the object: manipulation of its qualities and perception of its unexpected manifestations.
6. Transpersonal, peak experience of its original and exceptional value.

3.  Creative Analysis

1. Doubt the existing conceptions, be free from imposed settlement of the common sense.
2. Determine the nature of the object.
2.1.What’s its main function?
2.2. What are its main needs and goals?
2.3.What does it produce?
2.4. Simplify the object in the imagination, put aside everything secondary, unimportant. a) Express its essence in one word,  b) By symbol,  c) By a metaphor ( including that containing paradox ) d) In a formula, e) On a diagram.
3. Split the object into its constituents, define a) substantial, b) opposite, c) weak but useful
4. Comprehend the whole complex of connections and relations with other objects.
5. Define the structure of the object.
5.1.Distinguish between the structural levels. a) What is the over-system and its goal, b) What are the under-systems and their goals (determine  how  the system  transforms the matter, energy and information).
c) What is the anti-system and its goal.
5.2.Define  the temporal  structure.  a) Imagine the object in the past and in the future,  b) Define the line  of the development: the beginning, the peak  and the end.  See the point where the object is located at the present moment .
6. Semantic decentration.
6.1.Apprehend how the object is treated in different sciences: philosophy, economics, psychology, physics, mathematics, etc.
6.2.Unified, polyphonic vision of the object, creation and application of different points  of view of:  a) A genius,  b) A professional,
c) A laymen, d) A child e) An animal f)  An inanimate object.
6.3.Place the object in different imaginative paradoxical, fantastic situations.
6.4.Semantic “rotation” of the object by means of different lists of test questions.
7. Determine the main contradictions within the object between:
a) Ideal and reality,
b) Aims of system,  over system  and under system,
c) The present, the past, the future,
d) Recourses and their use,
e) Opposite signs.

4. Creative Comprehension

1. The vision of the ideal nature of the object, mental creation of its ideal image and conditions of its realization.
2. Resacralization of the object, admission of its undoubtful value.
3. Treating the object as a necessary link in the history and the ref-lection of the Absolute.
4. Blending in and assimilation with the Absolute, acquisition of the unified, cosmic  consciousness, cosmic consciousness, reception of the energy and information streams from the superior worlds.

5. Creative Manipulation And Handling

1. Free, profound and sincere self-expression and affirmation of one’s own genuine
nature, enjoyment of liberty, ability  to create,  overcome  of causality and time, reinforce the essence of objects and forthcoming  them closer to the ideal.  Dizzy  realization that “Everything is possible”  and  “Everything is achievable”.
2. Free handling with the object.


Table 2. Major Techniques of Creative Vision   
 

Space Time Content
 Idealization
1. Insert parts of the space into each
other like set of nesting dolls.
2. Go to the super-system.
3. Used the  superior higher dimension.
1. See the process as the  temporal
integrity: the beginning,
the culmination and the end.
2. Start from the end point.
Techniques:
a). Preliminary actions.
b).”Pre-planted pillows”.
1. Imagine that everything have been achieved, all contradictions resolved.
2. Start from the end point.
3. Give the object the ability to independently resolve contradictions and problems, imagine  that everything  comes true by itself like in a fairy tale.
Techniques:
a). Creation of the perfect plan;
b). “Universal Action” – object performs the functions of any other objects can be whatever you like.
Problematization
1. Giving asymmetry to the structure of the object
2. Restructuring: a whole – performs one function part – opposite.
 1. Swinging open of opposites in time: the principle of periodic action. 1. Increase and sharpening of differences.
2. Creating a collision between two harmful factors.
3. The principle of paradox, of the “explosion”, an incident and catharsis.
 Decentration        
1. Change the dimension of the object.
2. Turn the object incide.
3. Resize the object and its parts
from 0 to ∞.
 1. Watch  the object from the future and the past.
2. Turn the time back.
3. Change time of the events from time 0 to ∞.
4. The principle of “breakthrough”.
 1. Put an object in the most unexpected situations.
2. Using the transition states.
3. The principle of partial or excessive action.
4. Implement the opposite effect and anti function.
5. Change the price and basic function from 0 to ∞.
Techniques: a). do the opposite b). turn harm in favor ,
c). increase a harmful factor and  use the energy of injury
d). compensate  a one harmful factor by others.
Simplification
1. Getting rid of needless parts.
2. The “carrying out” principle.
3. Mediator’s principal – manipulation with a copy of the object.
1. The principle of “substitution expensive longevity on the cheap short-lived sequence”. 1. Deliverance from internal and external constraints.
2. Getting rid of the false assumptions and redundant information.
3. Getting rid of the usual terminology, the creation of neologisms.
Identification          
1. Take up the position of the object in space and to see other objects from its point of view.
2. Adopt  the shape and dimension of the object.
 1. Feel the object rhythm and natural frequency, enter into resonance with him. 1. Get used to object, re-embody object.
2. Using the principles of uniformity, synchronization and resonance.
Techniques: a). personal analogy
b). “Method of Little Men” – imagine oneself  like the team
of little men who become a parts of the object.
Meditation
1. Removal  from object in space. 1. Keep at a distance  from the past and future. 1. Anaxiomatization – a temporary aloofness from the problem, devaluation of problem and  conventional ways and methods  of it’s solving. Solving the problem by means of their elimination, through complete rejection of them. Solving the problem by it’s elimination, by avoiding and ignoring.
2. Cognitive exclusion and alienation from the subjective “Ego” also from the object and the relationship with him.
Self-actualization     
 1. Unfold  the  object into the separate parts and shuffle its:
a). among themselves;
b). with parts of other objects.
2. Turn form a single object in the form of another.
 1. Fragment process at the stage (periods of time) and shuffle its:
a). among themselves;
b). with the stage of other processes.
2. Turn the temporal order ant rhythm of one object into the order of another one.
1. Single out the object attributes, properties, functions and shuffle its:
a). among themselves;
b). with  the properties and functions of other objects.
2. Transform the qualities of one object into another one, to see the transition point.
3. Endow the object with senses  of other objects.
Personification
1. The minimizing of Intervention principle.
2.Principle of Non-interference.
1 Principle of Dynamization: make immovable objects or its separate parts – mobile. 1.The principle of  “wu-wei” (non-action). Eliminate the idle actions.
2. Creating such kind of a structure, which itself resolves emergent contradictions.
3. Implementation of the principles of self-service, self-correcting and independent use of resources.

The method  described  above can  serve as a form of creative self-training or meditation where the sequence  the value and  the velocity of the stages  can be changed  depending  on conditions and qualitative kinds of involved into interaction. By means of mechanisms of immersion, coagulation and  automation it appropriated  by the personality, consolidated and turned  into a steady personal  structure the creative position of the personality.
At the same time this method is the way of unified creative vision of the reality and serves as a basis for the  definition and revelation of vital contradictions of the object and presents the possibility to create different methods of solving specific life problems.

To be continued

1. Markov, S.L. (2011) Formuvannia tvorchogo bachennia osobystosti jak universalnyi metod aktivizacii tvorchosti [Formation of creative vision of an individual as the universal method of enhancing creativity]. In S.D. Maksimenko & L.M. Karamushka (Eds.), Actualni problemy psichologii. Vol 1. (pp. 374-380). Kyiv: Publishing House “A.C.K”.

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