An individual's motivational intensity is how strongly they are compelled in approaching or avoiding certain things.
It is an important variable that affects the scope of attention because an individual can experience "pleasantness" and have low motivational states - they're not really determined to pursue anything; however, those who have "desire" have higher motivational states thus are more focused on completing a specific goal.
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Emotional ambivalence is the event where we simultaneously experience positive and negative emotions.
Pure happiness and pure sadness rarely occur to us but we do, however, tend to experience mixed emotions.
Being able to simultaneously experience emotions that are often not experienced together may cause increased sensitivity, which is an important contributor to creativity.
This is the degree to which people are open to experiencing the full range and depth of their feelings. It also forecasts creative imagination better than intellectual engagement or IQ.
Situations that increase emotional ambivalence:
A person stuck in an unusual environment can show increased levels of creative thinking, and the fact of the matter is that creativity is the experience of unusual and unexpected events. So if you want to increase creativity, ask yourself if your current environment brings out emotional ambivalence and motivational intensity or not.
Creative people and their characteristics
• Creative people have messy minds, and have learned to embrace the messiness of the creative process;
• They are people who can easily adapt to their surroundings;
• They have the ability to mix seemingly incompatible states of being such as having open attention with a focused drive or even intense rebelliousness but still has respect for tradition;
• The way their lives are lived with differing passion and intensity, and the depth of human experience is what makes creative people, creative.
The subjective experience of music can be mapped within at least 13 overarching feelings: amusement, joy, eroticism, beauty, relaxation, sadness, dreaminess, triumph, anxiety, scariness, annoyance, defiance, and feeling pumped up.
Research findings on music can have potential applications:
One 2014 study found that people tend to be more creative when they are walking rather than when they are sitting down.
So if you are tied to a desk and struggling to come up with a good idea, try going for a quick walk to see if inspiration might strike.
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