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5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe
Let's start with a fact: We are all capable of conceiving new, useful ideas. Unfortunately our chances of doing this are hampered by a few stubborn myths. These misconceptions cloak creativity in mystique and they foster elitism-the idea that the potential for innovation and imagination is a rare gift enjoyed by only a select few "creative types."

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The right side of the brain

The right side of the brain

Creativity isn’t the preserve of one side of the brain, and it isn’t a talent confined to people with a special kind of brain. If you’re human and you’ve got a brain, you’re capabl...

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The “Eureka!” moment

This myth encourages the belief that creativity is a passive process. It suggests you have to wait and hope that you’ll make a breakthrough.

That Eureka moment is actually the last ...

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The lone, eccentric geniuses

In reality, creativity is a team sport.

The lone genius myth is a stereotype and it’s unhelpful because it suggests the route to innovation is to cut oneself off from colle...

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External incentives for creativity

When it comes to creative output, external gains don't really work. In fact, the opposite may be true.

Creativity that is driven by internal ambition and reward (the simple joy...

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Brainstorming and creativity

This is a persistent myth, that the best way to come up with ideas together is to embark on a classic brainstorming session. But people need time to work alone first, and only then should t...

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