From the Sylvia Plath Effect to Social Justice: Moving Forward With Creativity

James C. Kaufman


The author contrasts an early research passion, creativity and mental illness, with his current interest in creativity and social justice. Kaufman’s initial research revolved around the Sylvia Plath Effect, yet was insensitive to broader implications or concerns. As his thinking about creativity has evolved, he is currently more focused on a more positive use for creativity – namely, how creativity can help issues of fairness and equity.


creativity; creativity and mental illness; creativity and social justice

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