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Read the full detailed article by Michael Michalko, Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking
- You are creative
- Creative thinking is work
- You must go through the motions of being creative
- Your brain is not a computer
- There is no one right answer
- Never stop with your first good idea
- Expect the experts to be negative
- Trust your instincts
- There is no such thing as failure
- You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are
- Always approach a problem on its own terms
- Learn to think unconventionally
Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.
Changing Education Paradigms, Sir Ken Robinson
Understanding the creative mind is certainly a very difficult and abstract topic. To simply put it, creativity is most easily considered in terms of outcomes, e.g. dramatic improvisation and artistic artefacts, but also innovative business ideas and scientific breakthroughs.
Creative thinking is a complex thought process that calls upon many different cognitive functions and and involves many many different regions distributed throughout the brain. There is no single part of our brain responsible for our creativity.
There are certainly no step-by-step instructions for having a good idea, yet multiple psychology reports suggest that our ability to think creatively is influenced by many things, including the environment in which we are surrounded by.
- Creativity is often regarded as something that is purely spontaneous and less compliant to a teacher’s influence than skills such as planning, calculating and communicating. However, teachers can play a critical role in fostering creative thinking processes through the use of environment and strategy.
- When we visualise, our brain activity can resemble that associated with real experience. This suggests visualisation is a potentially powerful educational tool. For example, enhancement of generative thinking can be achieved through visualising changes in context.
- Creative thinking may depend on our ability to use a range of cognitive processes in different ways and crucially, to move between these ways as appropriate.
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. Seriously, his talks are awe-inspiring, watch them here!
Dr Paul Howard-Jones, Fostering creative thinking: co-constructed insights from the neuroscience and education
Creative inspirations are often reported to emerge spontaneously, especially when we are not distracted or focusing on the problem at hand. Knowing how to generate these “insight moments” are an important component of creativity for better problem solving and innovative solutions.
It is known as the ‘eureka’ or ‘aha’ moment. Many ‘eureka’ moments are emerged at the unlikeliest of places, whether it be in the bathtub (for Archimedes the mathematician), or at a strip club (Richard Feynman was known to scribble equations there). It can be said that “Creativity is the residue of time wasted”.
A relaxed and positive mood enhances the brain activity required for the ‘aha’ moment to take place in our brain. Pleasure can play a big part in this process as it can enhance positive mood.
Evolution has developed areas in our brain with the purpose of providing us with a pleasurable sensation, what neuroscientists call the “reward circuit”. It is the Nucleus Accumbens, part of this circuit which provides the motivation and passion to what we want to do.
This chemical is called Dopamine (also known as the chemical of desire) is released when we enjoy or about to enjoy something. So we feel good! It can be seen as a direct correlation between how pleasure affects our creative brain; that is, when we are happy and we feel good, our brains are more open and relaxed, which will in turn allow us to think more clearly and perhaps get that moment of insight.
As Daniel Pink states
“The future belongs to…creators and empathisers, pattern recognisers and meaning-makers. These people… will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”
Everyone has the capacity to be creative!
Check out the BrainArt Project, to spread the word about “Life Pleasures & the Brain” through various artistic forms, the project is about awaking, learning and balancing this aspect of our lives. Nurturing creativity through exploring our pleasures.
An interesting article on Eureka Moments by Silvis Damiano
Steak like an artist. Steal inspiration everywhere. You experience something everyday and it does somehow stay in your subconscious, whether it be random conversations, dreams and little snippets of life. It is best to try and absorb absolutely everything because the more you collect, the stronger you’ll be. Some aids to help you do this is be by carrying a notebook around to jot down notes or drawings, or to take photos of anything you find interesting. It can be said that you are what you keep around you, or what you read, what you see, who you meet and even what you eat.
Kirby Ferguson states that creativity happens by “applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials”. He says that we learn by copying and “we can’t introduce anything until we’re fluent in the language of our domain, and we do that through emualtion.”
Nobody starts out original because it is after we’ve grounded ourselves in the fundamentals through copying a foundation of knowledge and understanding. It is then possible to create something new through transformation. Eventually through time-consuming meddling, taking an idea and creating variations, it can then produce a breakthrough.
Watch the following video of a 4 part documentary on examples of different major advances not through original ideas but tipping points in a continuous line of invention by many different people.
Results happen most dramatically when ideas are combined. Some of history’s biggest breakthroughs and creative leaps are produced by connecting ideas together
These are the basic elements of creativity:
Multiple discovery is when the same innovation emerges from different places. Others are usually on the same path whenever there’s a major breakthrough. Science and invention is riddled with it, but it can also happen in the arts. Though sometimes innovations just seem inevitable.
Check out this awesome article by Daniels Mekks, A Clever Theft – Steal Inspiration Everywhere for additional inspiration materials.
Watch the rest of Kirby Ferguson’s documentary, Everything is a Remix.
A lovely Infographic by PaintersofLouisville.com, an exploration of the truth behind colours, and how we subconsciously react to them.
Australian artists earn less than the general population and yet the number of artists does not fall.
Ever wonder about how many artists there are in Australia? What is the biggest group of artists? How much do artists earn? What challenges do Australian artists face?
Watch the insightful video below to get your answers!
Presented by the Australia Council for the Arts:
Persistence and passion are key to a successful artistic career!