+PS Creativity Series #01

CREATIVE THINKING POWER

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With a growing emphasis and value on creativity, thank god everybody can tap into its power. It’s just that creative thinking skills use very different methodologies to critical thinking skills. They actually engage a much more peaceful, playful and bright-eyed approach. Often of course this requires taking some risks, we understand this can be daunting for some. But nothing ventured, nothing gained we say!

Here are some ways to help light your creative fire:

Locate Your Thoughts & Imagination
Imagination or visualisation is the foundation for all that is created, so the more we visualise something we want to create, the more likely it will get created. But first you need to find it. Your brain is an intricate maze of neural pathways and electrochemical activity. It is within this muddle of complexity that your thoughts/ideas are created, and there is no limit to ways there are of thinking creatively.

Paint or draw a theory on paper, change your routine, combine some features of two different ideas, ask the same question several times and give a different answer each time and allow your mind to be influenced by new stimuli e.g. your environment or music.

Keep A Journal
Inspiration can pop up at any time. Keep a journal close by so you can jot down your ideas straight away. You don’t want any of those precious visualisations slipping away.

Attitude Check
Creative thinking skills are as much about self-confidence and attitude as about talent. Creativity is habitually less ordered, structured and predictable. Our brains are pretty easily distracted, especially with all the emails, text messages, tweets, notifications and a bunch of other data flying at us constantly. But never fear, because we can train our brain to be more focused and productive by improving our emotional balance.

Emotions are processed by the amygdala, a small, almond-shaped brain structure. It responds impressively to negative emotions, which are regarded as indicators of threat. Functional brain imaging has shown that activation of the amygdala by negative emotions inhibits the brain’s ability to solve problems or do other cognitive work. Positive emotions and thoughts do the opposite – they improve the brain’s executive function, which helps open the door to creative thoughts and visualisation.

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Shanna June

Shanna June

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