Defining Creativity

Most definitions of creative ideas comprise three components (Kaufman & Sternberg, 2007). First, creative ideas must represent something different, new, or innovative. Second, creative ideas are of high quality. Third, creative ideas must also be appropriate to the task at hand or some redefinition of that task. Thus, a creative response is novel, good, and relevant.

These definitions, however, seem incomplete. The ‘novel’ part is undebatable, but perhaps the ‘good’ and ‘relevant’ need another look. First, the word ‘good’ is ambiguous.