Don’t we need to keep practicing, keep learning, keep busy to be creatively productive? A number of psychologists and artists say daydreaming or otherwise “wasting time” is actually a way to enhance creativity. For example, author Barbara Abercrombie writes about working on an essay about her divorce, but not having created an outline or idea […]
There are many ongoing myths and ideas about being creative: You need to wait for a flash of inspiration; You need to be a “genius”; Artists are crazy, or at least flaky; You need to be in pain to create, and many more.
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How does the intensity, complexity and “border-crossing” of creative people encourage being more creative?
Creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways. [Read Part 1.]…
The acclaimed fable The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery declares children are much wiser and more creative than many adults. Can we regain that creative vitality? In a post on her Scientific American blog Literally Psyched, Maria Konnikova writes that de Saint-Exupery makes a “larger point about creativity and thought [that] is difficult to […]
Creative problem solving is enhanced by thinking more abstractly or at an intellectual distance, rather than more concretely, according to research studies. In my post Using Research to Enhance Creative Thinking – Part 2, I quoted from the article “15 Scientific Facts About Creativity” which notes that “psychological distance” facilitates creativity, and “when hitting a […]