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a psychological state characterized by sharply increased activation of the inner personality, a strong emotional upsurge, and a straining of the spiritual and physical powers. Inspiration is one of the main precursors to creative process and is closely related to a great effort to concentrate with the simultaneous utilization of memory, imagination, and intense thought processes. All this is usually accompanied by the orientation of the personality toward a sharply restricted aim and the exclusion from its attention of everything not having a direct relation to the creative task to be resolved.
REFERENCESWoodworth, R. S. Eksperimental’naia psikhologiia. Moscow, 1950. Chapter 25. (Translated from English.)
Petrovskii, A. V. Rol’fantazii v razvitii lichnosti. Moscow, 1961.
A. V. PETROVSKII