Monday, December 26, 2016

The New Book “100 Creativity Ingredients” Introduction Chapter 2 Psychological Ingredients

It is the psychological state of the mind depending on what you consider creativity and being creative.

Historically, creativity and innovation would seem to have emerged with an instinct for survival, basic tools for hunting and gathering. So, there is a connection, with emotional equivalents, for surviving each day. Psychology either encourages or discourages innovation; to a gifted creative talent, being creative is something that they are, whether they are consciously being creative or not. It is the psychological state of the mind depending on what you consider creativity and being creative.

Emotional intelligence: Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify and manage emotions well. It includes emotional awareness - the ability to identify your own emotions; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like creativity. Higher emotional intelligence helps you have an open mind, minimize biases, be cautiously optimistic, be an effective listener and be more creative. Emotional Intelligence is the tool to live a life with a balance. Intuition, idea generation can be in mind which is free of turbulence and achieve the balance. A high-EQ mind can turn on creativity switch more easily. And such minds are more objective, creative, accountable, empathetic, intellectual and progressive.

Confidence: Creativity is often an adventure full of risks, and confidence is the personality trait to unleash your creativity potential. Confident people with positive attitude see the bright side, they have a special mindset that rain or shine, leads them to positive outcomes. Confidence is often a reflection of your innate mentality; a positive mental attitude is focused on strategy, opportunities, to fuel creativity and inspire innovation. Innovators and innovative leaders have a ridiculous amount of self-confidence. Because if you are not sure of yourself, you won’t be able to convince others to follow your leadership and vision.  And many times, you also must be willing to fail a lot and be very persistent and thick-skinned to make a successful innovation journey.

Flexibility: Flexibility is a mental process which results in an action that tests a possible solution. Things either work or they do not. That action is creativity. Flexibility is an important trait of innovation. It is simply about how flexible people can see what’s around easily and effortlessly and discover a better way to do it. A flexible mind loves choices, enjoys making differences; feels comfortable to be unique and welcomes the diverse thoughts as a fountain of creativity. People with a flexible mind can work as a team more seamlessly as well. Flexibility allows an innovator to bend the rules as long as it is not harmful to the organization. As long as the flexibility s provided with necessary oversight by the management, such a working environment encourages collaborative thinking, inspire creativity and streamline innovation.

There is an emotional life cycle in creativity and innovation life cycle. The kind of emotions within a person that trigger an improvement/innovation process can be numerous and most likely will be a combination of emotions. This is an ongoing process just like the feeling to improve and to create.


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