Creativity

Development

Creative development consists of developing your imagination and criticism but in particular the effective interaction of both.

Be Open to New Experiences

  • Do something new or do something differently every day. Meet new people, be keen on learning new information, and soak in the world around you.
  • Develop diversity in the stimulus modality of your experiences. Each situation triggers visual, audio, motive, tactile, thermal, gustatory, olfactory, vibratory, and vestibular senses and their sub-types. Pay attention to them; make them a part of your perception.
  • Play association and analogy games: what clouds look like (or any other object), how any two objects are related, what will happen if you combine two random objects, how can you do something in a different way, and how a story might end are all ways to help develop your creativity.

 

Thus, your preparation stage in solving creative problems will be a continuous one; you will gain more knowledge which will be used by your brain whenever you have a creative idea.

Explore Your Stereotypes

 

A stereotype is a trite and often generalized attitude to events, subjects, and objects; a certain pattern of perception. Everybody always has stereotypes. Sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they hamper. You need to understand where and how they limit you, when they are useful, and when they are not. The marker of a stereotype is a negative emotion that one feels whenever a stereotype might be broken. Acknowledging a stereotype allows one to choose and decide if they should follow a stereotype at the moment or not. Sometimes one should replace old stereotypes with new ones. Play with your stereotypes and explore them: what will happen if you intensify a stereotype, make it absurd and follow it all the time? What if you change the word “must” to “want”? What if a “problem” is considered as a “goal”? Weakening a stereotype eases the frustration during the creative process.

Use Your Emotional Signals

 

Be attentive to your own emotions as ignoring them is what kills creativity. Negative emotions help formulate a creative task and signal the effect of a limiting stereotype. Positive emotions help one to become aware of new ideas.

Develop Criticism

 

When giving criticism you should analyze, give detail, and single out the crucial and minor things. Take an interest in contradictions and explore your “inner critic” and experiment with its power. What will happen if you weaken or strengthen it? What criterion, in your opinion, does your “inner censor” use to choose among ideas?

Change Between Creative (Spatial) and Logical (Symbolic) Thinking

 

Create both symbolic and spatial images (for example: a drawing) for each problem, thought, and situation. Paint, draw, stick and lay matches and bricks together, or combine improvised objects, then broaden the logic again in spatial terms.

Creativity is a function that can be exercised and like any other function it can be developed if practiced. Every single person has a creative potential and you are always developing your creativity.