CREATIVITY Although there are many approaches about creativity, it is commonly defined as a mental process which involves the generation of new ideas or new associations of the creative mind between existing concepts. An alternative conception of creativity is that it is simply the act of making something new.
Even when creativity is popularly associated with art a literature, it is also an essential part of innovation and invention and is important in professions such as business, economics, architecture, industrial design, science and engineering.
Creative thinking is the process which we use when we come up with a new idea. It is divided into divergent and convergent reasoning.
Divergent thinking is the intellectual ability to think of many original, diverse, and elaborate ideas.
Convergent thinking is the intellectual ability to logically evaluate, critique and choose the best idea from a selection of ideas.
Both abilities are required for creative output since divergent thinking is essential to the novelty of creative products whereas convergent thinking is fundamental to the appropriateness.
" Being creative is seeing the same thing as everybody else but thinking of something different“
What can you see?
Only if you are able to view things in new ways or from a different perspective and to generate new possibilities or new alternatives you can be a creative person. The characteristics of the creative personality are:
Creative individuals not only have a great deal of energy, but they are also quiet .
Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same time.
Creative individuals alternate between imagination and reality.
Even if creative individuals are remarkable humble, they are proud at the same time.
Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.
Creative individuals have a combination of or responsibility and irresponsibility.
HOW TO IMPROVE CREATIVITY
Some of the techniques that are used to improve creativity include brainstorming, mind-mapping, The 6 Thinking Hats exercise , various forms of hypnosis and meditation, and guided imagery.
The six thinking hats: While using this technique, you can see different alternatives to get the best solution to solve a problem. Your decisions and plans will mix ambition, skill in execution, sensitivity, creativity and good contingency planning.
Brainstorming: is a lateral thinking process. It asks that people come up with ideas and thoughts even if it seem at first to be a bit shocking or crazy. You can then change and improve them into ideas that are useful, and often stunningly original.
Guided imagery or visualization
Imagery is the most fundamental language we have. Everything you do, the mind processes through images. When we recall events from our past or childhood, we think of pictures, images, sounds, pain, etc. It is hardly ever be through words.
Unfortunately, many of the images popping into our heads do more harm than good. In fact, the most common type of imagery is worry. Being worrying , what we worry about exists only in our imaginations.
One of the main things his research showed was that almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before they actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.
You can do it in every area of your life. Before a performance, a sales presentation, a difficult confrontation, or the daily challenge of meeting a goal, see it clearly, vividly, relentlessly, over and over again. Create an internal "comfort zone." Then, when you get into the situation, it isn't foreign. It doesn't scare you.