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Feb 26, 2012

10 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CREATIVITY
Adapted from http://celestra.ca/top-10-creativity-myths/:

1. Only “creative types” are creative

Great ideas are often built on common concepts, by ordinary people.  Creativity is usually triggered by a need and depends on number of factors, including knowledge, talent, imagination, lateral thinking and internal motivation.  The creative potential can be found in every person;  you only need to remove the barriers that block it.

2. Money motivates creativity

People don’t think about pay on a day-to-day basis.  If they think about being rewarded for everything they do, they become reluctant of taking risks.  After understanding that they are being paid fairly, people don’t become more creative when the compensation is increased.  People stretch their skills and make the creative leap when they engage in a creative environment, when their work is valued and supported, and when they are deeply involved in their work.

3. Creative people always have great ideas

Creative people usually have many creative ideas but only a few that are worth pursuing.  These few precious gems are worth the effort to to keep generating new ideas.  However without the barrel full of ordinary ideas, the great ones may never be born.  Creative people don’t always have good ideas; we tend to forget the mediocre ones and, often because we’re using them, remember the great ideas.

N.B. from Thubten: keep a resource/ideas folder or file

4. Time pressure drives creativity

While time pressure may force you to engage in the creative process, the results are usually less productive than when there is enough time for great ideas to sprout and develop through the incubation process. When you’re stressing out about time, the mind cannot fully focus on the work and it wanders and worries about fighting the clock.

5. Structure is bad for creative thinking

Understanding that creativity has limitless possibilities does not mean that there are no boundaries.  Even a blank canvas has set dimensions, which surely does not limit the artist’s potential or creativity.  Limitations shape the creative process – in a good way.  Structure guides the creative activity to ensure that its form and meaning are not lost in the process.

6. Competition is better than collaboration

If the method of competing with others for creative ideas sometimes works, it works for all the wrong reasons.  A competitive environment prevents people of sharing ideas and they cannot be refined and enriched by others.  Collaboration adds the benefit of multiple perspectives and additional information that can enrich even the best ideas.

7. I’ll never forget my ideas

It’s potentially possible.  But  it’s highly improbable.  During our busy days, when we’re bombarded with information from all sides and so many things are happening at once, it is difficult  to hold on to a single unaltered thought.  Relying on your memory is not the best approach.  Capture your ideas as soon as you can.  You’ll free your mind of worrying that you may forget them and you’ll always have a good reserve of ideas.  Notebook anyone? Or better yet, Smartphone?

8. Drugs will make me more creative

This myth probably started in the 1960s when some artists and musicians joined the underground drug culture in an age of absolute prohibition.  Though many celebrities, past and present, indulge in a multitude of different substances, the effects differ per individual and can be dangerous, even to the creative process. Drugs and alcohol may silence your internal critic, make you more acceptable  to your work, or make you believe that your ideas are more creative or plausible.  For the rest of the world however, you might just look high.

9. Great ideas appear fully developed

Ideation is a process.  While we may have experienced some a-ha! moments, they are usually led by inspiration and exploration within a certain field.  As our knowledge grows, our ideas morph into a more refined form.  When we think that we’re onto something, we start examining the idea from different perspectives.  We may discover new options and possibilities, and the final result may look nothing like the original concept.

10. Technology will help me get better ideas

Facebook, Twitter, iAnything, GPS, Google, you-name-it… our day to day tasks become more and more interconnected with technology. Some people relate technology with creativity because it seems to be the field of never-ending innovation blossoms.  There are many programs and tools that can enable us to easily express our creativity; however, they are not going to make us more creative in general.  Taking a break from technology and changing your environment, on the other hand, can.

You have the creative spark in you.  Go and create something.

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Posted: Feb 26, 2012 7:05pm
Apr 5, 2010
Hurt feelings 'worse than pain' (link) 
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The old adage "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt", simply is not true, according to researchers. Psychologists found memories of painful emotional experiences linger far longer than those involving physical pain. They quizzed volunteers about painful events over the previous five years. Writing in the journal Psychological Science, they said evolutionary brain changes which allow us to work better in groups or societies could be key.
The cerebral cortex may also have had an unintended effect of allowing humans to relive, re-experience and suffer from social pain. - Zhansheng Chen, Indiana
The volunteers, all students, were asked to write about painful experiences, both physical and emotional, then given a difficult mental test shortly afterwards. The principle was that the more painful the recalled experience, the less well the person would perform in the tests. Test scores were consistently higher in those recalling physical rather than "social" pain. Psychological scoring tests revealed that memories of emotional pain were far more vivid.
   SOCIAL EVOLUTION - Researcher Zhansheng Chen, from Purdue University in Indiana, said that it was much harder to "re-live" physical pain than to recall social pain. He said the evolution of a part of the brain called the cerebral cortex, which processes complex thinking, perception and language, might be responsible. 
   It certainly improved the ability of human beings to create and adapt, to function in and with groups, communities and cultures, and to respond to pain associated with social interactions. However, the cerebral cortex may also have had an unintended effect of allowing humans to relive, re-experience and suffer from social pain.
      - Zhansheng Chen, Indiana
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The researchers now plan to repeat the experiment in older people, who are more likely to have experienced chronic pain.
Michael Hughesman, a child psychologist based in Germany, agreed that it was likely that emotional pain was handled in a different part of the brain from physical pain, and likely to be longer-lasting.
   There is something very intangible about emotional damage - with physical pain, you can see the bruise, but in emotional abuse there is often fear and anxiety which remains. If someone tells you in the playground that they are going to get you after school, then you tend to be anxious and afraid about it far more than if someone just punches you there and then. 
      - Michael Hughesman, Germany 
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Thanks to my friend, Cissy, who posted this news in C2NN a year ago...that's how I came across it. From BBC NEWS | Health | Hurt feelings 'worse than pain'
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