YOUR CREATIVE MINDSET
Creativity has many definitions and approaches:
- Psychometric (creativity is possessed by everyone and can be measured, Torrance Test of Creativity)
- Psychoanalytic (creativity as the manifestation of the unconscious and works of Freud)
- Self-expression and mystical (emphasis on aesthetic and expressive outcomes, associations to talent, inspiration, and the divine)
- End-product (Creativity as a process that is manifested in a creation i.e. a product, work, or output)
- Cognitive (Creativity as cognitive skill or process).
Everyone can be creative, and creativity can be learned. However, it also requires talent, training, good luck, and domain access. To lead a more creative life, follow the advice beneath the video.
ACQUISITION OF CREATIVE ENERGY
- Curiosity and interest: Be surprised by something, and surprise somebody every day. When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it, and write it down.
- Cultivating flow in everyday life: Wake up every morning with a specific goal to look forward to. If you do some-thing well, it becomes enjoyable; to keep enjoying something, you need to increase its complexity.
- Habits of strength: Take charge of your schedule. Make time for reflection and relaxation, shape your space. Find out what you like and what you hate about life. Start doing more of what you love, less of what you hate.
- Develop what you lack. Shift often from openness to closure. Aim for complexity.
APPLICATION OF CREATIVE ENERGY
- Problem finding: Find a way to express what moves you. Look at problems from as many viewpoints as possible. Figure out the implications of the problem. Implement the solution.
- Divergent Thinking: Produce and have as many ideas as possible. Try to produce unlikely ideas.
- Choosing a special domain: Try as many domains as possible. Start with things you already enjoy, and then move to related domains.
Advice based on: Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1996). Creativity: Flow and the psychology of Discovery and Invention. London: HarperCollins Pubishers
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”
– Maya Angelou