Everyday creativity: a systematic literature review

Ana Luisa Ilha Villanova, Miguel Pina e Cunha

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We systematically review the concept and main characteristics of everyday creativity. First, we highlight the fact that a comprehensive definition of everyday creativity is still missing. The evidence reveals that the lack of a single approach for assessing everyday creative outcomes has led to an ambiguous understanding of this concept. Therefore, we propose a complementary perspective to define everyday creativity moving toward a broader comprehension of the construct. Second, we identify and analyze the main proprieties of everyday creativity in order to clearly distinguish it from big-c creativity, genius kind of creativity; thereby offering a more complete explanation of the concept. Last, we outline pathways for future research, emphasizing the potential of everyday creativity studies to intersect between multiple fields.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • creativity
  • everyday creativity
  • levels of creativity
  • literature review
  • little-c creativity

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