Creative Living: License to be You with ADHD


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‘The key question isn't “What fosters creativity?" But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.’ – Abraham Maslow
Is Maslow’s assumption that all people can create correct? If so, what keeps individuals from being creative? These questions will be addressed in this teleclass through the insights from thought leaders in business, education, the arts, coaching, science. Participants will learn what creativity is and how to engage it. They will gain understanding of the role it plays in a variety of processes critical to personal growth, resilience, and innovation. This understanding, enhanced by examples of creative expressions, will spur on participants to invite innovation into daily life. In so doing, a license will be granted them to transcend the limits of judgment enough to explore and act upon their true self with or without ADHD.

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Creative Living: License to be You with ADHD

  1. 1. Creative Living License to be YOU W With ADHD D
  2. 2. “The creative process is both predictable and unpredictable. It is both composition and improvisation. improvisation There is a balance of the intuitive and the rational. There is an ever-increasing process of learning, and adjusting your actions based on your learning. Each creator has his or her own personal rhythms. The process is individually developed and personally tailored to take into account such variables as temperament, personality, idiosyncrasies, strengths, weaknesses, tastes, aspirations, and interests.” (Fritz, creating, pg. 8 p 2)
  3. 3. Objective Obj ti Qualify the relevance of creativity, particularly for those with AD/HD Describe and define creative living Inspire hope that anyone can be creative Equip with the guidelines toward creativity
  4. 4. Agenda A d Relevance of Creativity Creativity Creative Living
  6. 6. Relevance of C ti it R l f Creativity Success factor for adults with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD Problem solving Introduce newness and/or improvement Enriches culture and life Expression of emotion/energy Dave Brubeck performs to Ansel Adams photos CHAD -Charter High School for Architecture and Design
  7. 7. Relevance of Creativity It moves focus from self onto something new It is a generative – life-giving process It relieves tension Increase daily wonder and excitement y Revitalizes thinking about life Works your right brain Expands sense of self (through self- forgetfulness)
  8. 8. Right d L ft Brain Ri ht and Left B i Creativity works two hemispheres of the brain: Left hemisphere Right hemisphere Sequential Simultaneous Literalness Big picture Analysis Synthesis Logic Emotional expression
  10. 10. Process “a process by which a symbolic domain in the culture is changed. g New songs, new ideas, new machines are what creativity is y about.” (Csikszentmihalyi)
  11. 11. Process Preparation Elaboration Incubation CREATIVITY Evaluation Insight
  12. 12. System S t According to Csikszentmihalyi, creativity is found in a system consisting of: “a culture that contains symbolic rules, a person who brings novelty into the symbolic domain, d i and a field of experts who recognized and validate th i lid t the innovation.” ti ”
  13. 13. System S t Macintosh Apple I
  14. 14. Way f S i W of Seeing “the ability to see things in a new light (or from a different perspective)… Creativity is the knack of looking f answers i unexpected k k f l ki for in t d places.” (Edwards)
  15. 15. Force Tension between reality and vision (Senge) vision Creative tension reality
  16. 16. Force used in h F d i honor of th f f the four… Vision …way to give tribute, honor, and opportunity for grieving Reality… four Oakland officers killed in one incident, shock, grief
  17. 17. CREATIVE LIVING Infusing creativity into daily life and planning
  18. 18. Source of wisdom S f i d Researched qualities of the creative Known blocks Advice from scholars and practitioners Experience of creative adults with ADHD p
  19. 19. Qualities Q liti Intelligence Verbally fluent Quickly able to Independent assess problems and Tolerate ambiguity scan idideas Assertive/confident Open to experience High energy Internal balance I t lb l Courage of beliefs Able to internalize Willing to take risks g and express d conflicting thoughts Visualize problems Think metaphorically Flexible with decisions Complexity (MacKinnon1976, Baraon & Harrington 1981, Feist 1998, Tardif & Sternberg 1988 in Sawyer 2006) (Csikszentmihalyi 1996)
  20. 20. Advice Ad i Exercise the right side of the brain Harness the ADHD tendencies: Team up with opposites Earn Your License
  21. 21. Blocks to C ti it Bl k t Creativity Judgment Too many demands – cannot activate the energy for creativity Distractions – inability to hold onto the creative energy or focus Laziness – lack of discipline to manage the energy Not knowing what to do with the energy Lack f l it b t lf L k of clarity about self
  22. 22. License Li “freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior b h i or speech)” h)”
  23. 23. Learning L i Be curious about things, people, situations, yourself Learn about self: strengths, passions, interests, rhythm Learn something new Learn how to draw Learn how to tell stories Learn more about the domain in which you wish to create
  24. 24. Intention I t ti Decide what you want Be deliberate Set goals Have a plan p Design in accordance with your style
  25. 25. Connection C ti Connect with what you love and what inspires you Connect with others Connect with the problem you want to solve Connect with your goal - invest
  26. 26. Exploration E l ti Explore possibilities with your mind Try things out, test the waters
  27. 27. Negative S N ti Space Look at the opposite Consider the other side of a trait If you are always open, make a decision to decide If you keep tight control, try being open Consider the antagonist’s side of the story antagonist s
  28. 28. Schedule S h d l Make time for all aspects of the creative process. (Incubation requires a change in scenery)) Make time for relaxation and work Get enough sleep, exercise Build a schedule that works with your cycle and rhythm
  29. 29. Evaluation E l ti Consider what you want to invest your time, energy, and devotion to: does it make use of who you are? Will you enjoy it? I it h ? j Is meaningful to you? Does it fit with your vision? Consider what works and doesn’t work in your plans and actions Don’t judge actions. judge. Choose ideas selectively. Let intuition and gut be one i fl tb influence – not the only one. t th l
  30. 30. You have earned your license
  31. 31. Now go live creatively and be YOU! If you have any questions or wish to receive a list of resources that will help you become more creative, contact me. O S h b t t Ose Schwab or @p 781-480-3214