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Indd 48 11/3/2006 11:47:03 AM TR ENDS AND STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT 49 The role of adversity should come as no surprise, given that there must be some motivation or the individual will not put the effort into adapting or creating (Runco 2005). In this regard we might look back at Piaget’s theory again, for he tied adaption to intrinsic motivation. Given his biological training and perspective, it is likely that he felt that there was a genetic basis for the motivation to adapt. Regardless of the nature and nurture, the assumption is that humans do not like to feel disequilibrium and are motivated to avoid it by adapting.

You either think literally or metaphorically. What is most obvious is that children in the conventional stage have great difficulty being creative. This makes perfect sense, given that conventionality is a kind of conformity, and creativity requires nonconformity. It is impossible to be original if you are conforming, and originality is necessary though not sufficient for creativity. The conventional child is a conformist in the sense that he or she follows social expectation and imitates typical behaviors of his or her peers.

Know-how seems like a casual term, but it is perfectly apt for procedural information. It reflects knowledge about how to get something done (in this case, how to fi nd original and creative ideas and solutions). Another way to put this is that procedural knowledge provides tactics for creative thinking. indd 31 11/3/2006 11:46:12 AM 32 1 ᭿ COGNITION AND CREATIVIT Y Tactics depend on metacognition. In literal terms, metacognition is cognition about cognition. It reflects the individual’s thinking about his or her own thinking.

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