In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. It’s all a lie. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.
Historically, the evidence has favored the tidy camp. Cleanliness, as the proverb says, is next to godliness. But if messiness is so bad, why do so many people tolerate, and even embrace, it?
Breathe, look around, eavesdrop. Your next big breakthrough could be one observation away.
They may be a modern day emblem of the ideas-generating classes but the wearing of headphones is stifling original thinking by blocking out real life, one of British advertising’s most revered figures has claimed.
Smelling peppermint, turning up the volume, looking at plants, and smiling all enhance creativity.
In a nutshell, as humans, our basic needs are: Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging, Esteem and Self-Actualization. Creative people have additional needs. Recognizing these needs and making sure they are met are essential to applied creativity.
While a strike of creative genius can’t necessarily be forced, here are a few clever ways to get your juices flowing.
In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines “the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative.”
In addition to all the destructive consequences that may follow traumatic experience, some people say it also has power to encourage creative expression.
In a bad news, good news story, specialists from around the world are reporting Parkinson’s disease patients are displaying new creative talents — presumably as an offshoot of medications for their condition.