While many teens find it easy to express themselves through any number of creative outletssinging, drawing, writing, or playing a musical instrumentnot all young adults are able to readily access their talents. Even worse, some teens are convincedeither by themselves or othersthat they don’t have any creative ability at all. They never think to challenge this assumption and as a result, miss out on the pleasures and rewards that tapping into their creative reserves might generate.
In Creativity: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Aryna Ryan helps teens remove the barriers to being creative. This book explains what creativity is and what it isn’t, and asserts that everyoneincluding teens of all agesare creative beings. Chapters in this book cover
• myths of creativity,
• creativity assessment,
• the role of creativity in happiness,
• the Creative Problem Solving process, and
• creative brainstorming techniques.
Most important, this book offers ways in which teens and those close to them can cultivate creativity. Teens will also learn how to maximize their creative possibilities and resist impulses and individuals that crush creativity. With insights into how teens have the potential to be the most creative people of all, along with a list of resources that can help them, Creativity: The Ultimate Teen Guide is a unique book that young adults and their families will find invaluable.
About the Author
Aryna Ryan holds a master's degree in creativity and change leadership and a master’s degree in social work. She has taught cartooning, drawing, creative writing, arts and crafts, stagecraft, high school drama, and for more than ten years she was a contributor to The Desert Woman. Ryan is an adjunct professor at Valencia College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Creativity: Myth, Mystery, and Method
Chapter 2 Teens’ Growth and Mastery
Chapter 3 Creativity’s Roots and Branches
Chapter 4 Creativity Guidelines and Assessment
Chapter 5 Creativity: Everyday and Play
Chapter 6 How to Crush Your Creativity
Chapter 7 How to Cultivate Your Creativity
Chapter 8 Creativity and Happiness
Chapter 9 Divergent and Convergent Tools for Creative Problem Solving
Chapter 10 Creative Problem Solving Session
Chapter 11 Creativity and Learning
Chapter 12 Creativity and Change Leadership
Chapter 13 Creativity Catchall
Chapter 14 Creativity and Your Future
Resources for Teens
About the Author