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The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

By Scott Barry Kaufman |  “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” —Salvador Dali / "The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity."


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Paul Grout's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:30 AM
Madness and creativity: Do we need to be crazy? I believe that we do not need to be crazy to be creative, just open to new possibilities which may step out of the normal way of thinking. Thats what creativity is all about. Being flexible and allowing puzzles to be fixed together to form a representation of one's inner values and insights. Creative people are often dreamers and sometimes may appear to have lost touch of reality, which in turn may contribute towards a crazy appearance :) http://creativeflowevolution.com/ ;
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"...creative people include more events/stimuli in their mental processes than less creative people." "Because you never know: sometimes the most bizarre associations can turn into the most productively creative ideas."

"The latest research suggests that mental illness may be most conductive to creativity indirectly, by enabling the relatives of those inflicted to open their mental flood gates but maintain the protective factors necessary to steer the chaotic, potentially creative storm."

Douglas Eby's curator insight, November 8, 2013 10:37 PM

“So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally.” Producer, director Judd Apatow - in my article The upside of our dysfunctions http://talentdevelop.com/197/the-upside-of-our-dysfunctions/

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Micro Manager vs. Macro Planner: Zadie Smith on the Two Types of Writers and the Secret of Editing Your Work

Micro Manager vs. Macro Planner: Zadie Smith on the Two Types of Writers and the Secret of Editing Your Work | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
“It’s a feeling of happiness that knocks me clean out of adjectives.
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Creativity & Full Bucket Syndrome

Creativity & Full Bucket Syndrome | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
As leaders, we value creativity and innovation, largely because they lead to relevant, financially viable organizations in the long-term. So why do we then do everything in our power to quash creat...
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Studying Collective Human Decision Making and Creativity with Evolutionary Computation

We report a summary of our interdisciplinary research project "Evolutionary Perspective on Collective Decision Making" that was conducted through close collaboration between computational, organizational and social scientists at Binghamton University. We redefined collective human decision making and creativity as evolution of ecologies of ideas, where populations of ideas evolve via continual applications of evolutionary operators such as reproduction, recombination, mutation, selection, and migration of ideas, each conducted by participating humans. Based on this evolutionary perspective, we generated hypotheses about collective human decision making using agent-based computer simulations. The hypotheses were then tested through several experiments with real human subjects. Throughout this project, we utilized evolutionary computation (EC) in non-traditional ways---(1) as a theoretical framework for reinterpreting the dynamics of idea generation and selection, (2) as a computational simulation model of collective human decision making processes, and (3) as a research tool for collecting high-resolution experimental data of actual collaborative design and decision making from human subjects. We believe our work demonstrates untapped potential of EC for interdisciplinary research involving human and social dynamics.

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Is Grit Stifling Our Creativity?

Is Grit Stifling Our Creativity? | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Stressed out, relentless, martyrdom is often viewed as part and parcel of success.
From the sleepless persona of the Tech entrepreneurs, to the ubiquitous chatter around “grit,” tenacity has become synonymous with achievement. Yet, new emergent research is illustrating that perhaps dogged determination has been glamorized far beyond its usefulness.
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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, August 29, 6:15 AM

Focusing on "grit" can be damaging to motivation and innate love of learning. Austerity policies undermine the healthy foundations of a society. Both are based on outdated values and premises linked to Calvinism, authoritarianism, Social Darwinism and the Fundamental Attribution Fallacy.

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What is creativity? | plus.maths.org

What is creativity? | plus.maths.org | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

One aspect of the project that we are particularly excited about is highlighting the role of creativity in mathematics research. All mathematicians tell us that doing original mathematics is highly creative – but what exactly do they mean by that? We asked some researchers from a range of subjects about the role of creativity in their work.

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The Neurological Similarities Between Successful Writers And The Mentally Ill

The Neurological Similarities Between Successful Writers And The Mentally Ill | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
They cannot focus on one thing quite like the average person. Essentially, their stream of ideas is always running -- the tap does not shut off -- and, as a result, creative people show schizophren...
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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, August 29, 6:16 AM

Cognitive Disinhibition—filtering problems

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To Get Creative, Get Walking

To Get Creative, Get Walking | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, was known for his walking meetings. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has also been seen holding meetings on foot. And perhaps you’ve paced back and forth on occasion to drum up ideas.
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Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static | TalentDevelop

Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static | TalentDevelop | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

Creative people may experience higher intensity emotions, imaginations and thinking, and may need relief at times to reduce stress and be more creative.

 

Martina McBride: "We're all so busy & distracted...It's nice not to have to think sometimes."


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Protect Your Child’s Playtime: It’s More Important than Homework, Lessons, and Organized Sports

Protect Your Child’s Playtime: It’s More Important than Homework, Lessons, and Organized Sports | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Ample time for unstructured play is essential to children becoming confident, intelligent, creative, and successful. In particular, outdoor playtime can expand children’s imagination, stimulate all their senses, and free their spirits. Some ideas for parents who want to protect playtime.
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Flow Machines Workshop 2014: Creativity and Universality in Language and Music | Flow Machines

Flow Machines Workshop 2014: Creativity and Universality in Language and Music | Flow Machines | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

Within the Flow Machines project we organize a workshop about "creativity and universal features in language and music".

This workshop will gather prominent specialists in mathematical physics, linguistics and computer science. During 2.5, days we will seek for possible convergence between different viewpoints on these fascinating issues. 

WHEN: 18-20 June 2014

WHERE: Central Tower, Last Floor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 place Jussieu 75252 - Paris

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Why businesses can't manage creativity

Why businesses can't manage creativity | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Managers need to realise that creativity doesn't respond to orders. James Allen outlines why management's role in the corporate creative process is an oxymoron: creativity can't be managed, it can only be encouraged
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Can Anyone Be Creative? | NEA

Can Anyone Be Creative? | NEA | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

Can anyone be creative?
How?
What next?

By Dr. James C. Kaufman, PhD

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Creativity Portal® / Teachers & Students: Discover, Explore & Express Your Creativity! / Creativity-Portal.com

Creativity Portal® / Teachers & Students: Discover, Explore & Express Your Creativity! / Creativity-Portal.com | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Free resources for creativity. Discover your creative passion. Explore creative possibilities. Express your unique creative spirit.
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Teaching Creativity

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Creativity may need the right conditions in order to flourish in an organization, but can it actually be taught?

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The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them

The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
concept maps concept mapping knowledge models meaningful learning cmaptools (The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them http://t.co/4XegBGTy1W Institute for Human and Machine...

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The Philosophy of Creativity

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This collection of new essays on creativity integrates philosophical insights with empirical research.
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susanna oreskovic's curator insight, June 8, 1:34 PM

Good read if you have the time to actually read and mull over ideas. Something we don't allow ourselves to do these days. Sit down and read a little.

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We're About to Tell You the Secret to Creativity, and You May NOT Want to Sit Down - InformED

We're About to Tell You the Secret to Creativity, and You May NOT Want to Sit Down - InformED | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

The study found that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. A person walking indoors – on a treadmill in a room facing a blank wall – produced twice as many creative responses compared to a person sitting down.


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Anne Whisken's curator insight, May 8, 7:51 PM

'It’s important to note that, according to the study, the type of creativity affected by walking is associated with “divergent,” rather than “convergent,” thinking. In other words, walking benefits creative brainstorming but not the kind of focused thinking required for single, correct answers.'

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/news/creativity-and-walking/#ixzz31Ag3q0vI

Character Minutes's curator insight, May 14, 4:55 PM

Great info to share with the trait of creativity.

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, May 17, 6:17 AM

Κάτι ήξερε και ο Αριστοτέλης: 

http://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A0%CE%B5%CF%81%CE%B9%CF%80%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE_%CE%A3%CF%87%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%AE

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The Creativity Crisis

The Creativity Crisis | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Children have become less creative over the past 20 years according to Hee Kyung Kim (2011).  The study included of over 40 years of data from the Torrence Tests of Creativity, it showed that all b...
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Overcoming Perfectionism: Don't Be Afraid to Get a 'C' by Sam Bennett / Creativity-Portal.com

Overcoming Perfectionism: Don't Be Afraid to Get a 'C' by Sam Bennett / Creativity-Portal.com | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Perfectionism is an insidious demon that must be fought with every weapon you've got.
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Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER

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SCAMPER is a technique you can use to spark your creativity and help you overcome any challenge you may be facing. In essence, SCAMPER is a general-purpose checklist with idea-spurring questions — which is both easy to use and surprisingly powerful.

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Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, April 16, 1:51 AM

An interwsting technique- each part is desribed.S = Substitute
C = Combine
A = Adapt
M = Magnify
P = Put to Other Uses
E = Eliminate (or Minify)
R = Rearrange (or Reverse)

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The Accomplished Creative’s Afflictions

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Accomplished creatives suffer afflictions often unique to their station in life. These afflictions can stall them from experiencing deeper fulfillment and having greater impact. Speaker & creativity consultant Jeffrey Davis defines three such patterns and offers suggestions for addressing them.

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Grit and the Secret of Success

Grit and the Secret of Success | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
How to cultivate the character quality that predicts excellence more than any other.

“Inspiration is for amateurs -- the rest of us jus
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Creativity and connecting the unconnected: part 2 of our interview with Michael Michalko - Think Jar Collective

Creativity and connecting the unconnected: part 2 of our interview with Michael Michalko - Think Jar Collective | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective concludes the interview with creativity expert Michael Michalko. Michalko shares some interesting stories and ways to apply creative problem solving techniques.
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Creativity training

Creativity training | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

When we think of creativity as just another line-item in the long checklist of marketable credentials, we temper its power and make genuinely creative thinking more difficult to attain. The purpose of creativity is not to make us better employees, but to make the world a more expressive and innovative place.


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Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, February 14, 9:44 PM
A welcome reminder of the greater potential of the power of creative imagination. Celebrate World and Innovation Week April 15-21.
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Mycoted

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Creativity, Innovation, Tools, Techniques, Books, Discussions, Puzzles, Brain Teasers, Training ...

Mycoted is a company dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide, with that in mind, we provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all - and can be written by all.

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