Many of us are led to believe that creativity is only for artists, poets, writers and performers.....When in actual fact creativity is needed in various other areas of society. Creativity links strongly to problem solving skills. The ability to engage in problem solving is situated in the frontal lobe of the brain. Some of the other areas that are also associated with this brain region is divergent thinking, flexibility, self-monitoring and personality. To read up more about the frontal lobe click here. Innovative ideas or creative solutions is important for the workplace, parenting, social issues in communities, teaching, education, science, and engineering, to name a few.
The context where you do brainstorming to foster creative ideas is a crucial component of this unique process. For many people it is difficult to come up with creative ideas in their open plan office space, but when they find themselves in a funky coffee shop/sit in nature the ideas and dreams seems to flow easily. The English social psychologist Graham Wallas, came up with a wonderful theory "The Art of Thought", which describes 4 stages of the creative process practically. The first stage is preparation, this is where the problem at hand is investigated. The second stage is incubation, where unconscious processing of the problem occurs. The third stage is illumination; when the train of associations start to link up and this could lead to a "flash of insight". The fourth stage is verification, during this stage the validity of the idea/the possible solution is tested. You can read up more about theses stages when you /click here
Creativity is also about self-expression and through this process your unique voice can be heart and disclosed. This process could enhance your sense of self-awareness and foster personal growth. Visionary leaders could benefit from the ability to think creatively, especially when feeling stuck and lacking progress or development in their context. The problem solving process could lead to character development as endurance, preservation and determination is often necessary to reach the end goal and to implement and maintain the creative ideas.
One of the essential values is that - It teaches us courage.
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