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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining intuitive -creativity via reading Tarot cards in a person -centered climate
by Reese, Joan, Ph.D., Saybrook University, 2010, 342; 3396955
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation introduces the term intuitive-creativity as interactive processes of intuitive understanding and creative interpreting of intuitions. A pivotal purpose of this study was developing a practical model of intuitive-creativity for decision making and actualizing potentiality. Research questions included: Can intuitive-creativity be intentionally invoked for such purposes? If so, what capacities and processes attended intuitive understanding and creative interpreting of intuitions?

A qualitative human science methodology integrating compatible components from experiential, hermeneutic, phenomenological, and thematic analytical strategies was used. Data collection procedures included three purposefully selected participants reading Celtic Cross layouts of Tarot cards in a person-centered climate. Participants framed opened-ended questions about personally significant, complex issues that they had been unable to fully grasp and work out via prior learned knowledge and usual problem solving strategies. They reported experiencing intuitive understandings and creative interpretations of intuitions that they perceived as enhancing decision making about the issues that were the subjects of their readings.

Qualitative thematic analyses using an inductive strategy were utilized to distinguish, describe, and interpret capacities and processes attending the participants' experiences of intuitive understanding and creative interpreting of intuitions. The essence of intuitive-creativity was revealed via an implicit level of nuanced transacting themes that the participants used to educe, clarify, deepen, expand, and/or evolve intuitive understanding and creative interpreting of intuitions. The transacting themes that emerged are actualizing intentionality, aware self-monitoring, empathic communicating, integrative introspecting, intuitive projecting, metaphorical probing, mindful imagining, open-ended questioning, predictive receiving, reflective converging, resonant verifying, responsive synchronicitizing, transdimensional percolating, and transformative reorienting. Throughout their readings, all participants experienced these themes and their interactions and they were each inspired and encouraged by their own actualizing intentionalities.

Results and findings showed positive interactions of processes of intuitive understanding and creative interpreting. They displayed components of a model of intuitive-creativity with applications to decision making and actualizing potentiality. They suggest the potential of such models for developing and strengthening the processes and capacities involved when intentionally educing and using intuitive-creativity in complex, changing circumstances.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pritzker, Steven
Commitee: Allan, Combs, Natalie, Rogers
School: Saybrook University
Department: Consciousness and Spirituality
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 71/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Entrepreneurship, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Actualizing potentiality, Creativity, Decision-making, Experiential, Intuition, Person-centered, Tarot cards
Publication Number: 3396955
ISBN: 978-1-109-66674-8
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