Creativity from Constraints with Patricia Stokes

by Scott Barry Kaufman, April 16, 2018

“The most important thing is what you are working against.” — Patricia Stokes

Today I’m delighted to speak with Patricia Stokes, an adjunct professor at Barnard College who studies problem solving and creativity/innovation. Stokes is author of the book Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough, which was informed by her psychological research as well as her background in art and advertising.

In this episode, we cover:

– How Patricia went from art and advertising to creativity researcher

– The importance of constraints and variability for creativity

– How constraints can promote or preclude creativity

– Using constraints to solve the “creativity problem”

– How “the solution path defines the goal state”

– The four major constraints on creativity

– How teachers and parents should praise children for optimal creativity

– How to reward the courage to be novel

– The importance of constraints in fashion and literature

– How to explain Lady Gaga’s creativity


One Response to “Creativity from Constraints with Patricia Stokes”

  1. Paul Lunardi says:

    Do you have a copy of the creativity/constraints model that Patricia was going through? With the initial state and the search space.

Join the Discussion

SBK Events View All

Jul 12, 2018 Chicago National Principals Conference

Sep 27, 2018 Ogden, Utah Families Alive Conference - Weber State University