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Characteristics Of Highly Creative People - DesignTAXI.com

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Characteristics Of Highly Creative People - DesignTAXI.com

Author: Jeffery Paul Baumgartner.

 

There are a surprising number of blog posts about the characteristics of creative people. However, most of these seem to focus either on an idealized vision of an artist or the blog-writers idealized self image! Here is my take on the characteristics of highly creative people. However, what I have done is look at how creative people think—based on my understanding of the latest research—and applied it behavior.

It is also worth bearing in mind that creativity is not all about positives. There are good and bad creative people. Moreover, there seem to be some characteristics of creative people, such as dishonesty, that are not very nice. More controversially, some research has shown a correlation between creativity and mental illness.

 

 

Clive Hilton's insight:

The author avoids the sort of self-satisfied smugness that can accompany so much writing about creativity (the sort of, aren't we special, variety) and as such this account is rather more balanced in its analysis than many.

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You Are The Problem - DesignTAXI.com

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You Are The Problem, by Jeffrey Paul Baumgartner...

 

Recently, I came across a sign informing…
You are not stuck in traffic.
You are traffic
Get a bike. Break Free!

 

I thought this sign was brilliant, not least because my bicycle is my preferred means of transport for journeys under 10km or so. But it is also a handy reminder that we humans tend to blame problems on others, and then expect others to solve those problems for us. Sadly, those others often have the same thoughts as us! They blame us and everyone else—but themselves—for the same problem. Meanwhile, everyone is waiting for someone else to solve the problem. But the truth is, if we are the problem, we also have a responsibility to solve the problem.

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Inspiring Creativity In Others - DesignTAXI.com

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Inspiring Creativity In Others...by Jeffrey Paul Baumgartner [article]

 

If you want to push others—such as colleagues, team members, children, students, sweethearts or friends—to be more creative, there are a few simple things you can do.

 

ASK QUESTIONS

The best thing you can do is ask lots of questions. In particular, ask open-ended questions (questions which require more than a “yes” or “no” answer). Answering questions makes people think, particularly if they believe you are genuinely interested in their answers. Hence you also need to acknowledge answers.

 

“Why” and “Why do you think…” questions are particularly powerful and this is doubly true if the question relates to a problem for which you are seeking creative ideas. “Why do you think sales of our electronic toilet paper dispenser are so poor?” “Why do you think people do not separate their rubbish in this neighborhood?” Such questions force people to use their imaginations in order to understand a problem, sometimes from the perspective of other people. This is great for creative thinking.

 

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