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.
MORE IDEAS FROM The creative brain: three ways to cultivate your creative thinking
To enhance the creativity we already experience every day, we need to tap into three aspects of our brains:
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.
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.
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.
‘To me,’ wrote William Blake in 1799, ‘this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination.’ The imagination, he later added, ‘is not a state: it is the human existence itself.’ Blake, a painter as well as a poet, created images that acquire their power not only from a certain naive artistic technique, but because they are striving to transcend it – to convey a vision of the world beyond superficial appearances, which only imagination can reach.
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