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Myths About Creativity

Left-brained vs. right-brained

Myth: "Some people are left-brained (analytical) and others are right-brained (creative)."

When people say that they are left-brained or right-brained, it doesn't mean that only that part of the brain is working; they are referring to how they think, learn or process information.

Creativity doesn't only work in one half of the brain. Actually, there is a bundle of nerve fibers connecting the two hemispheres.

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Myths About Creativity

Myths About Creativity

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/brain-wise/201606/myths-about-creativity

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Key Ideas

Definition of Creativity

Creativity is the process of generating new ideas, possibilities, or alternatives that result in outcomes that are original and of value.

Characteristics:

  • It is not a person's characteristic, it is something that is a process.
  • Creativity is not just about thinking, but also coming up with an outcome. 
  • You end up with something unique.
  • The outcome is of value to someone.

"Naturally creative" people

Myth: "Some people are naturally creative and other people aren’t."

It’s true that some people spend more time on creative activities than others. But brain science is clear about the fact that there are creative brain states that can be turned on by some fairly simple actions. This means that everyone can learn how to be more creative.

Creativity and art

Myth: "Creativity means creating works of art."

Creativity is not just about being artistic. There are many ways to be creative, and creating works of art is just one way. Creativity includes many things, for example, cooking, programming, interface design, and problem solving

Left-brained vs. right-brained

Myth: "Some people are left-brained (analytical) and others are right-brained (creative)."

When people say that they are left-brained or right-brained, it doesn't mean that only that part of the brain is working; they are referring to how they think, learn or process information.

Creativity doesn't only work in one half of the brain. Actually, there is a bundle of nerve fibers connecting the two hemispheres.

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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 step in a long, involved process and not the only step. For this to happen, your unconscious mind needs material to work with. You have to put in the hard work of studying and mastering your field and exposing yourself to different perspectives.

The lone, eccentric geniuses

The truth is that 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 colleagues and collaboration. You need a modest amount of intelligence to be creative, but extremely high IQ is neither sufficient nor necessary for being an innovator.

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Right-brained or left-brained

Right-brained or left-brained

According to conventional wisdom, people tend to be either right-brained or left-brained. Those who are right-brained are supposed to be intuitive and creative free thinkers; they are big-pictur...

Location

Some brain functions reside more on one side of the brain than the other. The left side of the brain control language and the right half control movement of the left arm and leg (and vice versa.)

But for more individual personality traits, such as creativity or a tendency toward the rational rather than the intuitive, there is little or no evidence supporting the claim that these reside in a specific area of the brain.

The right-brain/left-brain myth

The idea of right-brain/left-brain may be a myth as evidence is mounting against the idea.

A 2013 study demonstrated that activity is similar on both sides of the brain regardless of one's personality. The study concluded that the notion that some people are more left or right-brained is more a figure of speech than it is anatomically accurate.

Creativity expectations

Our expectations of how creativity should look like block us. Creative inspiration is all around us, but we don’t see it because we've grown up being taught to look for it in spec...

To feel more creative:

  • Take a break. Give your brain some space to think of other things.
  • Expand your definition of creativity. You’re probably conditioned to look for it in specific places. Break that mold.
  • Limit yourself. Fewer tools and less time, counterintuitively, force you to be more creative.