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Does Being Happy Make You Less Creative?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Geoff-Allen, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Wasn't terribly sure where to post this - so you can move it if you prefer it to be elsewhere ...

    This article asks an interesting question -

    So what, if any, is the relationship between our internal emotional state, and our capacity to be creative?

    Researchers have taken time to identify what they believe to be the key components of creative thinking. One of the most extensive contributions to this research was made by Psychologist Ellis P Torrance, who established the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking. In the Torrance model, creativity is defined as:

    Fluency – The ability to generate multiple and varied ideas on a topic, with ease.

    Flexibility – Thinking inventively, ‘outside the box’ and creating new ways of solving problems.

    Originality – Expression in a form which stands in contrast to that which is most common.

    Elaboration– The ability to provide details, create links between ideas, and envision future potential for those ideas.

    These key components can be found across the vast landscape of creative applications, through the realms of science and technology, to abstract art, and back again. So what kind of mood provides the optimum environment for creative thinking?

    Full article here -

    Does Being Happy Make You Less Creative?

    Enjoy!
     
  2. PureX

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    Being creative is a significant part of what gives me joy in life. The two are not in conflict or competition with each other.
     
  3. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Now read the following paragraph.

    “Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabridge Uinvervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the litteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a ttoal mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is besauae ocne we laren how to raed we bgien to aargnre the lteerts in our mnid to see waht we epxcet to see. The huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but preecsievs the wrod as a wlohe. We do tihs ucnsoniuscoly wuithot tuhoght.”

    Amazing, isn’t it? How are you able to see and understand a group of jumbled letters as words? How can you find meaning in a mass of jumbled letters? Show this paragraph to any child just learning to read and they will tell you that what you think are words is nonsense. This is because the word patterns in their brain have not yet become rigid.

    Full article is much longer -

    Thought Experiments Archives

    Enjoy!
     
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