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Nourish your imagination and you will be forever free | Psyche Ideas

Nourish your imagination and you will be forever free | Psyche Ideas
The imagination is fundamental to the human experience, freeing us from physical confines and anchoring us during unrest


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  • Imagination is a superpower that we humans have, but few recognize its importance, thinking that it is a time-wasting, impractical activity.
  • While reading a book or watching a movie, we get lost in the wonderful world that is described to us, while weaving imaginative narratives inside our minds.
  • Imagination is refreshing, reflective and opens new avenues in our lives, leading us to action.



Parallel Worlds Of Imagination

  • Shared imagination lets us deepen our relationships and can lead to world-changing inventions.
  • Imagination helps build our ‘lived’ time, as we build a lifeworld which is different from what our actual reality is.
  • Many people build comprehensive parallel worlds using their imagination, something called symbolic mobility.
  • Physical travelling is another form of building one’s lifeworld, using actual geographic mobility.


Actual And Imaginative Mobility

Imagination, strange as it may seem, is a form of travel. The mind takes us to places that we don’t know about, and the mental constructs provide us with a richness not experienced in the real world. Prisoners often report imagining the free life and the things they would do if outside in the world.

The symbolic mobility of imagination offsets the actual geographical mobility when the latter is not possible. The reverse is also true, for people who are always travelling and imagine being at a stable place.



Abstract Art: Many Shades And Hues

Abstract Art: Many Shades And Hues

Visually different from figurative art, abstract art came in the early 20th century and used colours, lines, forms and shapes to create unseen compositions, with little or faint relation with the o...

Abstract Art: Contradictory Beliefs

Many historians and artists throughout the century have had contradictory opinions and beliefs about abstract art.

Some people find abstract art the true original expressions, and figurative art being a mere imitation of reality. Others call it a hidden reality, where traces of figurative art are removed and ‘abstracted’ to stoke the imagination.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

"“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards, you can remove all traces of reality.”"

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Multiple Intelligences

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Each ‘type’ of intellig...

Naturist - Nature Smart

There are people who find nature to be meditative and feel closely connected to trees, rivers and flowers. The natural elements around them like the clouds and the universe attracts them.

They make great astronomers, botanists, geologists and landscape architects.

Interpersonal - People Smart

Some people love interacting with friends, family and colleagues. They understand body language, and communicate better and are sensitive to others feelings, perspectives and viewpoints. This super-important intelligence type can be applied to most careers.

Interpersonal Intelligence types can have great careers as managers, psychologists, teachers and social workers.

The 'dark factor'

A love of horror movies is associated with an underlying dimension of entertainment preferences, dubbed "the dark factor".

Those with dark tastes value intensity, edginess and rebellion. Thei...

The pleasure paradox

Some derive enjoyment from negative emotional states, as when enjoying a "good cry", for instance.

A study found that people who liked sad films enjoyed a scene relative to how much sadness it elicited. The stronger the sadness, the higher the enjoyment.

Trick or treat

Halloween seems to bring out excesses in costumed children and adults.

Several studies revealed that costumed children who were anonymous — by wearing masks for instance — were more likely to take extra candies. In adults, costumed Halloween celebrators tend to have higher blood alcohol readings than people in plain clothes.