3 thoughts on “Curiosity and Creativity

  • June 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    First, there is NOTHING on my web site. Yet. Second, thanks to Douglas for starting this blog; I have recently, unconsciously, asked for it and the universe has provided!

    I have struggled all my 60 years with not only being a creative type (visual artist, sometime singer/performer and teacher) but also as one with a pretty high IQ. I say “struggled” because I have had to dumb down my brains and dismiss my artistic talents to suit an average community, just to have friends. When I push against those restraints, however, I am often exhilarated by the high of getting my vision to a concrete form – the bliss of creativity expressed: a drawing that starts talking back to me, a story that makes ME cry or laugh, a student on the fringe who looks at me like I just released him from a kind of prison.

    I am having a hard time with the concept of “curiosity” as a creative motivator. For me, the creative imperative is an urge to get things OUT, to use the raw materials, to follow my instincts and intuition. Curiosity, for me, seems to belong to researchers looking for answers outside of self; I’m a “feeler”, responding to inner, unnameable urges.

    Clarify, please?


  • June 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I take true umbrage at the classification of healthy traits – creativity and wanting to change the world as eccentric. This type of thinking created the Wall Street Crisis, bright young people found the lucre of business more dazzling than research or medicine. Teach for America and the Peace Corp are filled with these so called “eccentrics.” The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will not be ended by a MBA with no psychiatric issues. The solution will come from someone who is creative and eccentric.

  • June 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    This post reminded me that the poet Rumi advised to ‘sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment’ (or something like that)

    I reckon Rumi might have been keen on getting some curiosity into that mix, too…

    Respectful curiosity guides my counselling work with clients, and makes those sessions creative spaces, too


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