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3 ways to be more creative.

"Ascension" - acrylic on canvas

“Ascension” – acrylic on canvas

Hiya,

I watched a fascinating Horizon program last night about how our brains work while we’re being creative and how we can make ourselves more creative.

It seems that a part of our brain, an area just above our right ear (the anterior superior temporal gyrus), is primarily responsible for creative thought. Due mainly to the length and branching of the dendrites stemming from this area being a lot longer and having a far greater reach throughout our brain than the equivalent logical left side.

A burst of gamma rays erupts from this area when we have moments of insight or intuition.

Moments before that, a burst of alpha waves in the occipital lobe (at the back of the brain) responsible for visual processing, cause a kind of ‘brain blink‘. This ‘brain blink’ literally interrupts our visual awareness which allows the moment of insight to bubble up to the conscious level.

So, what are the three ways we can develop this creative process?

#1 It’s been discovered that by simply doing an everyday task in a different way can raise your creativity afterwards by 10-15%. Think of doing the dishes holding the brush in the opposite hand to normal. Or making a sandwich in reverse order. Or getting dressed in a different order.

#2 Taking a break from your work or a task that is frustrating you. Nothing unusual there you say. But, instead of just sitting quietly for a few minutes doing nothing. Studies have shown that creative thinking spikes if we allow ourselves to do a simple task instead. Take 10 minutes to organise some paperwork, or vacuum, or wash the car. Something that you don’t have to think about.

#3 Practice divergent thinking. Take a mundane everyday object and think of as many unusual alternative uses for that object as you can in a two minute timescale. This exercise literally makes your white matter fibre tracks connect different neural networks within your brain, creating more divergent thoughts thereafter.

My question today on my Facebook Fan page asks if you consider yourself to be creative or logical. Please take moment to leave your reply there or below here.

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Enjoy

Stu

🙂

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Take the opportunity today to start an affirmation mantra.

Hiya,

This is kind of old school but I think it’s well worth doing. I’ve been doing it for years now and I’m absolutely convinced it has a positive effect on my daily attitude. “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” That’s a standard one created by the French psychologist Émile Coué.

At first it might feel a bit silly and a bit contradictory to how you’re feeling but stick with it. Do it in the morning and the evening when you are in a favourable physical and mental state. When we tell ourselves we feel a certain way over and over our subconscious begins to accept it as truth. The obvious example is the negative statements some people use; ‘I’m so fat.’ or ‘Nobody cares about me.’ or ‘I’m stupid.’ That’s a self fulfilling prophecy right there. As they repeatedly tell themselves those things their subconscious finds reasons to accept it. It recognises the behaviour of people around (which are often negative aswell – misery loves company right!) and reasons; ‘Hey, that person agrees with me’ or ‘That person is horrible to me’ etc. thereby making the statements true. Well if it works for negative statements it stands to reason that it’ll work for positive ones too. Give your subconscious the idea that you are confident, imaginative, creative, admired, loved etc. and it will find reasons to accept that.

You can only give it a go and see for yourself. Try it every day for a month and see if you notice a difference. Farther along I’ll give you another technique to use which magnifies the effect, but you need to create the habit first. Start each statement with “I am…” as this puts it in the present tense as if it already is that way.

Enjoy

Stu

🙂

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