The Creativity Genogram

The Creativity Genogram

Genograms are pictures of three generations or more of a family used by therapists to situate their clients in the systems they live in. Here is a link to the picture of a Genogram. Use the template given on the website to make a Creativity Genogram. Use different colors to designate your creative relatives and your relationship with each one.

Some suggestions:

  • Who in the family was identified as creative for better or for worse? Sometimes creative people are viewed as eccentric or unconventional and are marginalized by the family
  • Draw a double line to the family members who helped you to express your creativity
  • Write down their outstanding qualities next to their name
  • Think about and write down the creative qualities you have absorbed from them
  • Note the family members who did not mirror your creativity or actively discouraged you
  • Note whether the creative family members may have had addictions or mental illness. Creativity and addiction or mental illness are often connected
  • Note the family members who may have had high performance expectations for you
  • Draw any other connections on your genogram that occur to you. This may develop over time