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Creativity: What, Why, and Where? 

Creativity: What, Why, and Where?
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Creativity: What, Why, and Where?
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Nellie Hermann

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10.1093/med/9780199360192.003.0010
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date: 22 January 2022

Creativity is at the center of narrative medicine’s work. It lets clinicians perceive and imagine what their patients undergo, lets patients articulate events of illness, and lets all acknowledge their own complex experiences in healthcare. The chapter proposes that creativity is present in our everyday lives, whether or not we are artists. Creativity is an openness to uncertainty and doubt, an expansion of the mind, a way of being in the world that quickens the spirit. The chapter explains the interior processes of writing about one’s own life and the consequences of having written. It details the forms and dividends of creative writing in narrative medicine and describes the roles and goals for creative writing in healthcare. Without distinguishing between “great writers” and the rest of us, the chapter expresses plainly and deeply the human necessity for bringing forth from within the self the unsaid experiences of life.

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