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Creating “psychological” distance may be useful for breaking through a creative block.
Try to imagine your creative task as being disconnected and distant from your current position/location - this may make the problem more accessible and can encourage higher level thinking.
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They are the individuals that only entertain their existing viewpoints, not being receptive to new ideas and previously unknown beliefs.
Having strong beliefs is not an indicator of a closed mind. One can have strong convictions and yet be empathetic towards others who have a different viewpoint.
When a new piece of information that we learn from ourselves conflicts with our existing beliefs, and we are unable to deny the authenticity of the new idea, we experience Cognitive Dissonance.
If we are able to revise and update our outdated or incorrect belief patterns, we move towards learning and personal growth.