CHAPTER NINETEEN

CREATIVITY AND CONFLICT RESOLUTIONa

The Role of Point of View

Howard E. Gruber

First conundrum: educators often view conflict as the problem child, the practitioner’s task as elimination of conflict. Students of creativity often view conflict as its necessary companion: (1) novelty engenders conflict and/or (2) creativity requires conflict.

Second conundrum: conflict resolution requires collaboration, if not as the goal then at least as the means. Creative work has been treated, by and large, as an individual effort, sometimes painfully isolated.

As an undergraduate at Brooklyn College, I learned from Solomon Asch, my teacher, about two interesting lines of research: his work on group pressures and his work with Witkin on frames ...

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