Archives for August, 2012

Creative Thinking

Depression: More Creativity or Interrupting?

"I sit down religiously every morning. In the course of a working day of eight hours, I write three sentences, which I erase before leaving the table in despair. The effort I put out should give birth to Masterpieces as big as mountains, and it brings forth a ridiculous mouse now and then."
That is a quote by novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, "Heart of Darkness" and other acclaimed works), from an essay by Stephanie Stone...
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Enhancing Creative Thinking With Design Examples

One of the ways that art students learn to paint is to copy the work of a master.

Of course, there are many more complex and abstract design, creativity and innovation challenges than traditional portraiture.

The Human-Computer Interaction Group at Stanford trains people in designing interactive systems.

In a research study they conducted, subjects drew animals to inhabit an alien Earth-like planet and were presented with example drawings at different stages in the experiment.

The results indicated...
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Consciousness

Creativity is an Ebb and Flow Process

"Sometimes, we place too rigid or high expectations on ourselves. For instance, some creative professionals have this idea that success means creativity would come easy for them, when in reality, creativity is an ebb and flow process."

Creativity coach Lisa Riley - from post Self-care and Creative Achievement.

In her book The Gifted Adult, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen writes that author and Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes "illuminates creativity's natural...
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Janet Echelman on Creative Thinking and Living a Creative Life

Janet Echelman creates net sculpture environments in metropolitan cities around the world. A graduate of Harvard with Highest Honors in Visual Studies, she has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Bali, India, Portugal and the United States.

In her TED presentation video below, she talks about changing her form of expression due to circumstances.

It can be very productive for artists to embrace this kind of fluidity in their form of expression and identity: if you...
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Creative Thinking and Being Introverted or Highly Sensitive

A number of writers and researchers associate the personality traits of high sensitivity and introversion with creativity, and find that creative people are more likely to be characterized and impacted in various ways by having these qualities.

Elaine Aron, PhD, author of the The Highly Sensitive Person, thinks “HSPs are all creative by definition because we process things so thoroughly and notice so many subtleties and emotional meanings that we can easily put...
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Tony Wagner on Encouraging New Innovators

How can parents, educators and business leaders support people to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial?

"Innovation-minded parents encouraged their children’s play, passion and purpose."

Tony Wagner is currently the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and the founder and former co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The quote above is paraphrased from his article My View: Creating innovators, in which...
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Creativity and Chaos

"Creativity is at the edge of chaos." Psychologist Robert Bilder

Creative thinking involves dual and often opposing qualities such as convergence and divergence, control and abandon, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty.

A symposium last year brought together researchers from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior with eminent Buddhist scholars for a "two-hour conversation about their distinctive yet complementary understandings of compassion, creativity, mental flexibility and attention, as...
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Never Happier Than When Writing

Rowling has said of herself as a child: “I was shy. I was a mixture of insecurities and very bossy to my sister but quite quiet with strangers. Very bookish. Terrible at school."

She was also “never happier than when reading or writing.”

From my post Rowling: an ordinary and extraordinary childhood.

Feeling happiness or other positive emotions has a strong connection with being creative, according to a number of research studies.

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Consciousness

Lucid Dreaming for Creative Problem Solving

Lucid dreaming is the experience of being aware that you are dreaming, and even being able to control the dream.

In her post Inception's Dream Science: Fact or Fiction? dream researcher Deirdre Barrett writes about Christopher Nolan's 2010 film and some of its premises about dreams.

Barrett says "It is possible to influence your dreams by a technique psychologists call 'dream incubation.' Breakthrough dreams - where a writer dreams the plot of a novel or...
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