Creativity: A VeryShort Introduction explores the history, theory, and practice of creativity from a psychological perspective. For thousands of years humanity has engaged in creative expression, allowing us to relate to other people, build an identity, and give meaning to our existence. From the painted caves in Lascaux and the invention of the first tools to modern day advertising campaigns and inventors’ labs, creativity has a long past. This VSI discusses how one can understand creative people and their creations within the social, material, and historical context that made them possible. It addresses the meaning and value of creativity beyond its contribution to economic growth and personal well-being.