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Archives for February, 2012


Left Brain, Right Brain – Creativity And Innovation

This image is from a series of Mercedes Benz ads. The text reads:

Left brain: I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I...
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Jonah Lehrer on the Science of Creativity & Innovation

“I have always spent most of my time staring out the window, noting what is there, daydreaming, or brooding.”  Joyce Carol Oates

One of the themes that prolific writer Jonah Lehrer develops in his upcoming book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" is that daydreaming can enhance creativity and innovation.

That quote by author Joyce Carol Oates is from my post Developing Creativity by Staring Out the Window - which briefly touches on this topic.

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Rethinking Depression and Creativity

"I equated creativity with artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, fashion… I was none of that – until I sunk into depression."

Writer Enoch Li says she never thought she had any creative talent, but in dealing with depression "rediscovered my creativity, which spurred my recovery."

From post on my Depression and Creativity site: Depressed Creativity.

Many of us have found that creative expression can help deal with depressive feelings.

But a number of writers and psychologists are...
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Playing Video Games and Your Creative Mind

Creative thinking and expression involves many skills and cognitive abilities, which can be enhanced by all sorts of experiences, even video games.

As reported in a news release, a Michigan State University study concluded that "both boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative, regardless of whether the games are violent or nonviolent."

"A study of nearly 500 12-year-olds found that the more kids played video games, the more creative they were in...
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Michelle Williams on Acting and Imagination

"Using your imagination is always a fine thing for an actor to do."
Michelle Williams

"Great acting comes from a well-developed imagination."
Acting teacher Jason Bennett

Imagination is central to creative expression.

Psychologist Carl Jung talked about using imagination as a means to access our unconscious, one of the main sources of creative ideas and energies.

He developed the concept of Active Imagination as a "meditation technique wherein the contents of one's unconscious are translated into images,...
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Screenwriting: Karen Moncrieff on Creating a Heightened Awareness of Human Struggles

“Maybe my calling is to feel deeply some aspects of human pain and grief.” Karen Moncrieff

Writing the script for one of her insightful and powerful movies - Blue Car (2002) - was a "wrenching, emotional experience" for writer and director Karen Moncrieff, according to a Writers Guild magazine article.

She wrote it, she said, as “a reaction to films I had seen, like Stealing Beauty, a very idealized view of a girl’s coming of age....
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An Intense Inner Pressure to Create

"I started out as a painter, and then painting led to Then cinema led to so many different areas…" David Lynch
In her book, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen quotes some insightful comments by Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper Review, a professional journal on the gifted) about the intense inner pressure to create as a characteristic of high ability people:

"Gifted adults may be overwhelmed by the pressure of their own creativity. The gifted...
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