Creativity: What It Really Is

We wrongly assume that being creative means being an artist, writer or painter. Solving creative problems, inventing new technology, being better at communication, and saving time with innovative measures all come under creativity.

We were taught in school that creative people are right-brain thinkers and analytical, problem-solving minds were using the left side of the brain. The truth is not so simple, as creativity comes from both hemispheres.

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The Trinity Of Creativity

To enhance the creativity we already experience every day, we need to tap into three aspects of our brains:

  1. Memory: Try to remember past events, using the tools of notes and journals.
  2. Imagination: Make use of creative visualization, brainstorming and mind-mapping abilities of your mind. Your imagination is your biggest superpower.
  3. Mind-wandering: Doing nothing is a type of meditation, and we have to let our mind wander while cooking, strolling in the park or taking a shower.

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When we evoke our past or visualize our future, the default mode network region of the brain, which includes areas like the medial prefrontal cortex, are activated. This is usually when we are relaxed and are letting our minds wander.

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Daydreaming Is Not A Waste Of Time

Contrary to popular belief, daydreaming is actually an evolutionary trait specific to human beings which harnesses our creative power and enables us to function in an effective manner.

Research shows that a creative distraction like daydreams loosens us form our never-ending stream of thoughts and provides possible solutions to our problems, while enhancing our sense of identity.

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Early History

The connection between genius and possible insanity was first documented in 1891 in the Italian physicians’ book The Man Of Genius.

In 1869, this was taken up by the cousin of Charles Darwin, Francis Galton in his work Hereditary Genius.

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Our Wandering Minds

For at least two thousand years, our minds have been wandering away from the object of focus.

Mind-wandering is a factor of a human mind and varies according to how vivid a person’s thoughts are, how deep into the thought the mind goes, and how many of those thoughts are fear-based(like guilt or worry).

Mind-wandering is common in monotonous jobs and may be useful too.

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