From this article you will learn what exercises you need to do to develop a creative muscle, and you will also receive general recommendations on what to do so that the inner creator grows and develops.
The myth of the creative vein has long been cultivated and carefully guarded in Bohemia. Artists, musicians, actors, designers and even middle-aged copywriters like to look like they belong to a different breed, and at least the Lord’s hand moves them while working. The standard of the creative personality is a cross between Lady Gaga and Aguzarova, who was planning to fly to the moon yesterday, today destroys the charts with a new song, and gives an interview tomorrow about the benefits of meditation in a funny kokoshnik. And to start creating, we need to go through nine circles of hell, sleep at least three times, undergo drug rehabilitation and go to meditate in the Tibetan mountains.
Scientific research rejects any division into creative and corporate working class
What can I say, if in the modern corporate environment there is an artificial division into “creative” and “corporate” types that relate to each other, like the students of Gryffindor and Slytherin. However, almost all studies of creative abilities that have been conducted over the past 50 years reject this division: the creative muscle has nothing to do with genetics, intellect, or personality traits.
For example, during an experiment at the Institute for Diagnostics and Personality Research (IPAR), scientists invited several dozen successful representatives of various creative professions to the conference. Over the course of several days, they passed many tests that didn’t really clarify where to look for creative inclinations. The only common features of the subjects looked like this: a balance of personal characteristics, higher than average intelligence, openness to new experience and a tendency to choose complex options. As you can see, nothing special.
No creative personality type exists
Then the stubborn guys in white coats began to look for creative inclinations in the personal qualities of a person: a huge amount of information was collected about the outstanding creators of the 20th century, after which each passed the virtual test “five-factor model of personality”. Scientists expected that creative people would skew according to one of five personality characteristics (openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, goodwill and neuroticism), but again with a finger to the sky – among the subjects were neurotics, and extraverts, and friendly drunkards, and many more Who. Conclusion: no creative personality type exists.
Having abandoned psychology, they began to look for creative muscle in the human brain. Researchers did not give a damn about Einstein’s request for cremation and immediately after the death of a genius climbed to study his skull. And again, disappointment: the brain of the famous physicist was no different from the brain of a professional baseball player or a homeless man who fell under a car. The third round of firing a slingshot at airplanes is completed, scientists “burn” with a score of 3: 0.
No correlation between gene code and creativity
When psychologists, physiologists, and simply all indifferent were left with nothing, the genetics began to solve the problem, before that they had unsuccessfully tried to find the old age gene and the excess weight gene. To exclude the difference in genes and the influence of upbringing, scientists studied only families with twin children. Examining the Connecticut twin registry from 1897, Marvin Reznikoff’s group assembled a team of 117 twins and divided them into two groups (identical and double). The results of two dozen tests showed that there is no correlation between the gene code and creative abilities. 4-0, and it is almost Argentina with Jamaica.
Over the past 50 years of such experiments there has been a wagon and a small trolley. In his book “The Muse Will Not Come,” David Brooks gives a dozen more references to unsuccessful attempts to find the nature of the creative muscle and concludes that creative thinking, like any other skill, can be pumped through training.
Just get started
Many of us in childhood dreamed of becoming musicians, artists, or actors, but over time, a pragmatic approach to life pushed these dreams away on the mezzanine. Betsy Edwards has a theory that most modern people become dominant with the left half of the brain with age. She is responsible for analytical thinking, a system of characters and a mode of action, and every time we try to learn how to play the guitar or draw, we hear her voice, which advises to put this garbage aside and do something useful.
At first it will be difficult to step over internal criticism, but if you have enough spirit and desire, then his voice will become quieter over time, and criticism in the style of “you draw like a m * duck” will change to something more constructive. Getting started is the hardest part.