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    generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression

    Does generativity here mean positive creativity?

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    The first is what you might call The Surrender Yourself model of development. According to this model, the lowest kind of happiness is having your basic food and health needs met. Then there is achievement-- the pleasure we get from earned and recognized success. Then there is generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression and having a large positive impact on the world. Finally, the highest and most noble kind of happiness is complete surrender, and the glowing satisfaction we get when put all of our being toward some noble cause.

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    Re: generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression

    No, 'generativity' here means "the pleasure we get from creative expression and having a large positive impact on the world."
    That is a definition that they have given.

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    Re: generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression

    I am glad they defined it for us.

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    Re: generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, 'generativity' here means "the pleasure we get from creative expression and having a large positive impact on the world."
    That is a definition that they have given.
    No dictionary offers such definition. The forum works.

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    Re: generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    No dictionary offers such definition. The forum works.
    The term may have been invented in the work that you're reading or something it's based on. If it were common jargon in humanistic psychology, you'd expect to find it in a comprehensive dictionary.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression

    For what it's worth, "generativity" is an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. However, "the pleasure we get from creative expression" is not what it means. "Psychobabble" is also in there, by the way.
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    Re: generativity, the pleasure we get from creative expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Amelot View Post
    For what it's worth, "generativity" is an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. However, "the pleasure we get from creative expression" is not what it means.
    I'd say that is what it means to the writer. Otherwise he wouldn't have appended the definition.
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