Sunday, December 28, 2014

Many Shades of Creativity

There are many differentiating factors to decide how creative an individual is.

Creativity is an innate ability to create novel ideas. Would you consider that creativity is a response to a stimulus and that individuals will manifest different behavioral responses to that stimulus depending on their individual experiences...? What are the personality traits or working environment which decide how creative the individual or team could be?


Creativity, in general, is applied in many spheres of human activity; besides artistic creativity,  most notably in science and technology (the 'nerd'), and political leadership (the 'poly'). From these, you will get direct relationships to various intelligence and how they express in personality types. A schizotypal personality is then a 'perfect storm' where genetics and brain chemistry combine with a creative environment which allows free development of such a personality. Creativity in design is uniquely challenging - in that the product of the creative expression must fit inside very strict constraints (set by another party) and needs to be done under (often) extreme pressures of time, cost and usefulness.


One of the aspects of creativity is the environment; where individuals or groups need to generate creative results regularly and frequently, with the pressure of time... but the same behavior is not exhibited by all participants regardless of age…they have different responses which will highlight their sensitivity to accessing their creative potential.  These are the kinds of environments that even if the task at hand was identical, there would be many differentiating factors in the way the two groups approached the task and reveal their creativity. These differentiating factors would at least include; diversity of life experience, cultural heritage, ability to analyze/self-reflect, sensitivity to social judgment/ridicule, habituation, courage, strategic thinking, etc.


Self-confidence is something you build your creative ability.You don't wait for it to happen: the more you do the more you'll learn how to use proper tools and media with dexterity and improve for real. So just express, and improve, accept to enter and engage fully the creative process, express and rectify your steps along the way. The first expression is never the final work. When you were born you were not a finished artwork, and all your life it keeps on going like that: this is self-actualizing. And through that you do and create (that is the expression of your unique combination of reinterpreting this world), you keep on recreating yourself. You become as you do, and you improve when you reflect and rectify what you have done,; keep the movement on otherwise you might get lost in the fear, anxiety and problems.


Self-motivation is a significant component in the expression of creativity. While we each have the enormous creative capacity, our willingness to exercise and express it becomes more complicated as we age and compile responsibilities... we are all complex beings with highs and lows and all these feelings are “worthy” of being expressed. If someone has the desire to be curious and involved in a situation, their innate creativity will push them along - to a limited extent. If you consider being creative as a way of thinking...of expression...of seeing things...etc, then it happens everyday, multiple times a day. Creativity is innate. If the conditions are right and there is love, support, encouragement and permission, creativity can be abundant. To a gifted creative talent, being creative is something that they are, whether they're consciously being creative or not. Depends on what you consider creativity and being creative.


It’s about the balance of “inspired creativity” and “uninspired creativity.” Inspired creativity (or creativity for its own sake) seems to take its grounding on a willingness to express it, uninspired creativity (or creativity with limited resources and a specific goal) seems to need the use of more methodical techniques for releasing it, a more rigorous methodology may be demanded by creative environments that need to deliver consistent, frequent results under pressure. In some ways, it is a little closer to the inverse of gold panning (where the valuable ingredients fall to the bottom), in that you are attempting to encourage the creatives to rise to the top and identify themselves. the complexity of this analogy kicks in when you consider that most well meaning people are able to transform themselves from mud to gold through their conscious behavior.


Creativity is serendipitous, but there are common personality traits such as self-confidence, motivation, reflection, interdisciplinarity, and there’s also a nurturing environment which is supportive and encouraging the seeds of creativity to grow into the fruits.

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