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Everyone is creative

Everyone is creative



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In my daily life, when they ask me what I do and answer that when studying creativity In all areas, I see a general change in the faces of those who ask me. The eyes widen, the eyebrows rise and I even notice that his attention is greatly accentuated. From there I intuit that I have ascended suddenly in its particular scale of values, which I have started on the right foot. This, certainly, I do not do with that intention, I am only describing the most typical reaction to which I am accustomed.

But, let's see, why does this happen? That is what I have been wondering almost since I began to be interested in this field. After analyzing the most usual answers in all parts of the world where I have traveled, I have reached certain conclusions, which once refined, reflected and settled, have given me the basic structure to write an article like this.

Content

  • 1 Our creative mind
  • 2 Three reasons why we are all creative
  • 3 Creative vs creator

Our creative mind

When I affirm that everyone is creative, I am not diminishing the importance of creativity, I am just showing something and that is that creativity belongs to man, in fact, it is the most precious gift granted to us. Without it, you surely would not be reading this article nor could I have written it. I invite you to observe around you, stop for a moment in any object and reflect on it. Man has invented everything, and he has done it through creativity, how else?

Anything comes for an idea and that idea arises in the brain. We all have one, therefore, we are all creative. I am aware that this is a rather simplifying reduction of reality and should be properly nuanced, so I will explain myself better.

Although creativity has been sought throughout the brain territory, I think it has not been found. Three reasons I hope they help to understand my position:

Three reasons why we are all creative

1. It is true that it has been affirmed that the right hemisphere is our creative hemisphere, leaving to the left the most analytical and serious part of the thought. I have no doubt that this may not be true, but as I see it, creativity is not just that. Ideas, even good ideas, may arise from a more open, less analytical and conventional mind, although this is not always the case. But even accepting this vision, we must remember that creativity is not just a divergent process, this being only the first phase of the creative process. Once the ideas have flowed, an analytical, more conservative, more organized part is strictly necessary, as is the left hemisphere, where these fresh ideas can settle to shape them. Convergent thinking must be the successor of the divergent so that the creative process is complete and does not remain in a mere storm of meaningless ideas. As Fromm (1963) would say, the first phase is feminine, while the second phase, that of hard work, is masculine. This is a common problem among creatives who rely too much on their right hemisphere and despise the left. With all this I want to give evidence that creativity needs the whole brain to manifest itself, not just a part.

2. Another reason why creativity cannot be found in a specific area is because they exist as many forms of creativity as of intelligence. The psychologist Howard Gardner (1983,1993,1995) in his theory of multiple intelligences, proposes that intelligence is not a unitary entity but rather a collection of eight different intelligences. According to this perspective, people can be intelligent in a different way. Therefore a musician would be intelligent in a different way to a writer and he would be intelligent to an architect. Therefore, there would be several intelligences and each one would be more gifted in one of them. Although I have my criticisms of this theory, I like to exemplify the case of creativity. As Gardner suggests with intelligence, the same thing happens with creativity, that is, there is not just one type of creativity.

I, like Gardner, agree that there is not only one type, but I differ greatly in the number of them. Gardner gives us a number (eight) to then expand it as he investigates, and honestly I don't know where he is going. I will not commit such imprudence, in my view, and I will not give any, not for fear of making mistakes in the number, but because I am convinced that there are as many as the mind wants and desires. If there were a number we would not be talking about creativity. Creativity reinvents itself and never ceases to surprise us. Any brain part can be worthy of that spark, of that association of ideas, of that curiosity that is needed to ignite the creative fire. Any stimulus can be picked up by our senses, and we must know that there is a differentiated part in our brain to pick up those stimuli depending on our receiving sense.

3. Finally, the most important reason of all. This is where the expert breathes calmly and the neophyte is surprised, but there it goes: creativity cannot be found in the cerebral territory because it simply is not. And it's not that I'm not for anything concrete, it's not because Creativity is not a material thing, it is an intelligent way of thinking. And this makes us realize that being an intelligent way of thinking, it cannot be reduced to a specific part, and therefore it needs the whole brain to be able to fulfill the entire creative process.

Creative vs. creator

Something that we must certainly be clear about is the big difference between being creative and being creative. As I have been exposing throughout this first part, everyone is creative to a greater or lesser extent, but that is why people use that capacity to really create, it is quite far.

Creating something is not easy. And it is not because it no longer requires only creativity, but other variables such as constancy, effort or intrinsic motivation, enter this exciting game to further complicate the entire process.

And the fact of creating something requires a lot of mental work, so much so that emotions, attitudes, connections of concepts or memory, are added to creativity in order to do so. Therefore, to say that someone is very creative does not mean that this person can create something. A good idea is nothing more than that until you work with it and go through the entire creative process. The first spark, the novel idea, is only the beginning of a long journey. Therefore, there are more creative people than creators. The difference, as Picasso said, is the work behind that idea. And not everyone is willing to do it.

So in conclusion it seems that everyone has the ability to create, it is an innate ability, but the brain becomes comfortable because of the habits of everyday life. That is why we have to break those molds and work that creativity in any area of ​​our life. The simple fact of reflecting why we do something or why we think this all our lives, may lead us to different reflections and with it to territories hitherto unexplored by us. With imagination we can go where we want, and for free! Let's see who says then that traveling requires a lot of money.

Guzmán López Bayarri
Psychologist and creativity trainer
Valencia Spain