Creativity at its best

As much as difficult it is to analyze creativity, it’s even harder to assess it. Creativity is as difficult to assess as it is fun to analyze. It favours a prepared mind.
According to Albert Einstein -Creativity is … Thinking outside the confines of the situation, being open to unexpected events /chances, allowing the subconscious mind to take over leading to and springing up with surprise solutions at unexpected times.

Research to uncover facts about creative people that are all supported by scientific studies are as follows:

Sleep On It
Research backs this one up. A study published in Nature found that people who were given a creative task to solve and then allowed to sleep on it were more successful than those who remained awake to solve it. Sleep allows your unconscious mind to restructure information, resulting in new and insightful responses. Just make sure to keep a notepad by the bed for when inspiration strikes.

A Person’s Creativity Mostly Peaks During “off” Hours.
Another research shows that your inclination towards being a night or day person affects your creativity in interesting ways. One of the lesser-known facts about creativity is that night owl creatives are smarter and outgoing and early birds are more proactive, persistent, and meticulous. When challenged to create at their non-preferred times, they passed the questions with amazing marks.

According to the science on daydreaming, these moments provide a sort of mental incubation period that can enhance creative thinking, long-term planning, and self awareness. Psychologists have been studying the concept of “positive-constructive daydreaming” for decades and uncovering the various ways in which, as the authors put it, “the mind’s wandering is vital to imagination and creative thought.”

Write During Your “Off Time”
People have what scientists call a circadian preference, which essentially means they are either morning people or evening people. You probably assume it is best to write during your most optimal time (morning people writing in the morning, evening people in the evening), but that’s not true. Although analytical thinking—the kind you use to solve math problems—is better during people’s optimal times, a 2011 study found that creativity was actually better during people’s non-optimal times. Because our conscious mind is groggy during our non-optimal time, it relaxes the reigns on our unconscious mind and gives it more freedom to wander

 Memory Plays a Significant Role in Creative Thought.
Our subconscious immediately takes us to the past, which is very familiar when asked to think of a new idea. Future circumstances are fabricated by details we have retrieved from past scenarios. Hence, having a strong sporadic memory can help in creative thinking.

Creative people are more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder.
From Picasso’s blue period to Van Gogh’s infamous mood swings, the study of why creative individuals tend to get the blues is a widely discussed topic. Although the link between depression and creativity is still disputed, this recent study found that creative people are more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

creativity must also be recognised and encouraged in the workplace. Because, after all, it’s creative thinking that leads to problem solving and innovation in a range of areas.

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