Creativity and Self-Concept
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
I would like to know how creativity relates to the
development of self concept in young children.
A: This is a very large area
and to find out in more detail, you may need to read some of
the research studies linked to this area. Very briefly,
studies have indicated a positive relationship between
creativity and self-concept in young children.
According to Wikipedia, self-concept or self-identity
is the mental and conceptual awareness and persistent regard
that sentient beings hold with regard their own being.
Components of a being's self-concept include physical,
psychological, and social attributes; and can be influenced
by its attitudes, habits, beliefs and ideas. These
components and attributes can each be condensed to the
general concepts of self-image and the self-esteem.
Children learn best through self-discovery, hands-on
exploration, and interaction with others. These experiences
help them develop confidence in their own abilities with
play being the primary medium for early learning. Self
confidence is related to self concept. The environment has
to be carefully planned to meet children’s developmental
needs and to provide opportunities for successful learning.
Creative activities allows children to think and the ability
to think on one’s own and act accordingly will help a child
be more confident of her/him self and this leads to a
positive self concept. Self concept is learnt, organized and
dynamic. No one is born with a self-concept. It gradually
emerges in the early months of life and is shaped and
reshaped through repeated perceived experiences,
particularly with significant others. In short, creativity
helps the development of self-concept.