Creative Thinking

Be More Playful To Be Creative

How can being more playful help us be more creative?

Actor John Cleese (who has made a career of being playful in the “Monty Python” series and a number of movies) has referred to research by the late UC Berkeley psychologist Donald MacKinnon, who studied creativity in different groups of people.

His research looked at differences between highly creative architects and those with less ability or achievement. Cleese summarized the difference between the two groups:


Creativity Can Be Challenging

Creative work can be deeply rewarding, but also physically and emotionally challenging.

The photo is Juliette Binoche in her movie “Words and Pictures” (2013). An article noted that her character "is an art instructor suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis, forcing her to adapt her artistic process to accommodate her deteriorating physical condition."


Creativity for Negative Feelings

How can creative expression help us deal with difficult emotions?

The photo is Sally Field in the 2015 film “Hello, My Name is Doris.” She has talked about being a teenager and acting in her TV show "The Flying Nun" as being "a hugely important time in my life" but also said the work became very depressing.


The Monkey Mind Disruption – Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, a number of authors, journalists and others describe how much our frenetic thinking can disrupt our lives and increase anxiety.

Part of the value of our teeming brains as creative people is the facility for generating so many associations and ideas.

But we can also generate anxious thoughts all too easily.