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Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can Fuel True Innovation

Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can Fuel True Innovation | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist, has quoted Steve Jobs, who cited Picasso’s apocryphal line, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” No one knows for sure exactly what Picasso meant (or, for that matter, if he ever even spoke those words), but what is not in dispute is that Picasso was very clever when it came to theft. Instead of stealing from the celebrated artists of his day, which would have made him a second-rate version of Cézanne or Van Gogh, Picasso stole ideas from artists far outside his own milieu.

 

 

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The above book "Steal Like an Artist" is one of a number of titles in my list of Books for the Creative Mind

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/12/books-for-the-creative-mind/

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To Be More Creative Deal With Anxiety - The Creative Mind

To Be More Creative Deal With Anxiety - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Anxiety is the great silencer of the creative person.”

Eric Maisel, PhD

One form of anxiety is so-called writer’s block. This photo is Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the movie “Adaptation.”

 

There are many different kinds of anxiety which can prevent people from being as creative as they could otherwise be.

 

Read more quotes by Eric Maisel, creativity coach Lisa Riley and others.

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Personality Traits and Being More Creative

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“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity." Creativity researcher and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

 

According to a biographer, Einstein was “A man, bourgeois and bohemian, superman and misbehaved child, all in one person… a friend to one, an enemy to another, a narcissist ignoring his outer appearance, a sonnyboy and a rebel, a philanthropist and autistic individual, a globetrotter and a hermit, a pacifist and a scientist for the military.”

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6 Websites to Boost Your Creativity - Goodnet

6 Websites to Boost Your Creativity - Goodnet | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Looking to get those creative juices flowing? Whether it’s writing a short story, finding out the latest on multi-disciplinarian creative initiatives or drawing a portrait, we have compiled a list of some of the most creative websites to help you think outside of the box. Feel free to add to the list and tell us about more sites that inspire creativity!

 

 

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The complete guide to procrastinating at work

The complete guide to procrastinating at work | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Some research says the best way to spark creativity is to walk away and that the best ideas come from those least-expected "aha!" moments. So maybe procrastination isn't such a bad thing after all. Or is time spent on those cat memes taking its toll?
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In his book Mastering Creative Anxiety, creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD asks, “Are you creating less often than you would like? Are you avoiding your creative work altogether? Do you procrastinate? That’s anxiety.” - From post: Procrastinating and Distracting Ourselves

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/07/procrastinating-and-distracting-ourselves/

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Interview with Liv Ullman

One of the poignant comments by Liv Ullman in this video: "Working with Ingmar Bergman allows me to use everything which is creative within me. He probably has allowed me to use as much as I know about my craft… He allows me to be challenged and if I am not, it's my fault."
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"It takes stubborn originality..."

"It takes stubborn originality..." | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
"It takes stubborn originality to make it as an artist, entrepreneur, innovator, or change agent of any kind. You are a channel for inspiration, a new artery of the extraordinary, and it’s your role to tend, trust, and birth this expression, not to deny it, twist it, or make it seem like everything else. It’s not like anything else. And that would be the point." - From Inspired and Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! by Tama J. Kieves http://amzn.to/OzrrP1
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Creative Juice: A Dozen Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

Creative Juice: A Dozen Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Characteristics and challenges that impact achieving people in business, science, and other fields - plus tips for pursuing creative dreams.

 

By Suzanne Falter

Lesson One: The Hallmarks of Genius
Lesson Two: How Sex and Creativity Connect
Lesson Three: How (and Why) to Be Patient
Lesson Four: How to Manage Rejection
Lesson Five: A Great Way to Cut Expenses
Lesson Six: Avoid Creative Anorexia

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Psychic Ability, Sensitivity, Creativity

Psychic Ability, Sensitivity, Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

I don’t have any particular psychic ability, but am fascinated by it, and appreciate the more sympathetic depictions in movies such as “Hereafter” directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Cécile De France and Matt Damon as a professional psychic.

 

It’s a word that has a wide range of associations, including some pretty negative or dismissive ones. ... Judith Orloff, MD noted she had psychic abilities at an early age...

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Present at the Creation: Putting Creativity Tips to the Test

Present at the Creation: Putting Creativity Tips to the Test | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Read about a Harvard expert's experiment that puts research-based creativity tips to the test. Do blue rooms and low ceilings really spark inspiration?

 

"In 2010, Newsweek declared a creativity crisis and a Pew Charitable Trust report claimed that the jobs that require creativity and that truly lead to innovation—engineering, design, science, and entrepreneurship—are increasingly where wealth is being created. The idea is that creativity can lead to innovation, and innovation can drive growth. Little surprise, then, that everyone from President Obama to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Bill Clinton to the Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz to most executives at Fortune 500 companies are telling us the same story these days: Any nation that wants to remain competitive in the global economy must develop and amplify its capacity for creativity and innovation."

Douglas Eby's insight:

A fascinating article. Maybe enhancing creativity has much more to do with inner changes in feeling and thinking. For example, a study at North Dakota State University had college students write a short essay, with one group instructed to imagine they were seven years old, and this group "exhibited significantly higher levels of originality in thought." - From my post
Creative Thinking: Imagine You Are Seven Again
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/10/creative-thinking-imagine-you-are-seven-again/

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Creative People: A Complex Personality

“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity.” Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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monica gigante's comment, March 27, 2013 11:55 AM
Thanks Erica, good sugestion! uma otima sugestao! :)
Douglas Eby's comment, March 27, 2013 5:51 PM
Thanks - here is a link to The Da Vinci Method http://shrd.by/cASYML
Érica Ariano's comment, March 27, 2013 7:07 PM
Oh yeah, great Douglas. You shared the most important thing - thank you! ;) Loporto has a site too http://thedavincimethod.com/ and this video is nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPR3GlpQQJA
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Audio clips on creativity & personal development

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Supressing the Brain’s Thought ‘Filter’ Can Allow for More Creativity

Supressing the Brain’s Thought ‘Filter’ Can Allow for More Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The prefrontal cortex is a region of the brain that acts like a filter, keeping any irrelevant thoughts, memories and perceptions from interfering with the task-at-hand.

 

In a new study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that inhibiting this filter can enhance unfiltered, creative thinking.

 

 

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My related post: Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

 

In my earlier post Highly Sensitive and Creative: Latent Inhibition, I referred to a study which found that the nervous system of creative people appears to be more open to stimuli from the surrounding environment.

 

One of the authors, Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, commented that her research “indicates that low levels of latent inhibition and exceptional flexibility in thought predispose people to mental illness under some conditions and to creative accomplishments under others.”

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/03/cognitive-filtering-meditation-creativity/

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7 Characteristics of Highly Creative People

7 Characteristics of Highly Creative People | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Looking to hire for creativity? Research says you should look for these traits (but, be warned, not all of them make someone easy to work with).

 

"Sure, it's possible for everyone to nurture his or her creative side, but honest observation shows that fresh ideas come more easily to some people than to others. If you're in the market for individuals to drive innovation at your business, how can you hire these naturally creative folks? A new Norwegian study has some suggestions."


Via MyCreativeTeam
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Also see related posts in my article Personality Traits and Being More Creative

http://thecreativemind.net/411/personality-traits-and-being-more-creative/

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Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative

Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Do you remember how much you felt and thought as a child? Probably a lot, especially if you were gifted and creative. As an adult, we may have learned to cover up or set aside much of our inner life, in order to get along with others and do our jobs.

 

But if we want to be more fully alive and creative, it can really help to understand and stay in charge of our thinking and feelings.

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Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, April 16, 2013 7:57 AM

What if, eh?  Wouldn't it be nice to take people's emotions into account when leading them through creative process?  Wouldn't it be great if people could deliberately springboard from their emotions to inform their creative process and manage their expectations/experience?

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Don’t Hold Yourself Back From Being Creative Over Feelings and Thoughts

Don’t Hold Yourself Back From Being Creative Over Feelings and Thoughts | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“If you want to make money, better drop out right now, go to banking school, or website school – anywhere but art school. And remember, only 1 out of 100 of you will ever make a living as an artist.”

Professor Sandiford  [John Malkovich, in Art School Confidential (2006)]

 

How do you respond to feelings and thinking about your creative talents and success, after hearing ideas from others such as pronouncements of supposed authorities like the fictional Professor Sandiford above? Or even your own inner voice?

 

 

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Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative - The Creative Mind

Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Although our personality may be more fixed than fluid, we can more often use traits associated with creative people and enhance our own creativity.
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Creative Combustion: Interview With Creativity Expert Leslie Ehm

Creative Combustion: Interview With Creativity Expert Leslie Ehm | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Ben Weinlick interviews Leslie Ehm about why creativity is so important nowadays and about ways to enhance creative thinking and innovation.

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New Interview posted on Think Jar Collective

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» To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert - The Creative Mind

» To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Multiple psychologists and writers note a strong association between the personality trait of introversion and creativity.

 

Science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic achievement. Neither E = mc2 nor Paradise Lost was dashed off by a party animal.”

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New Developing Creativity newsletter

New Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

topics include:

Lessons for Creative Dreamers

Barnet Bain interview

A Complex Personality

Mental Health Telesummit 

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How To Be More Creative – Part 2 - The Creative Mind

How To Be More Creative – Part 2 - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
This series of posts offers articles, books and other resources on developing creative thinking and innovation, and enhancing creative expression.
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10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes

10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia “There is always room, if only in one’s own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound.” --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Lucas Compan
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Sharolyn S. Griffith's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:35 AM

Creativity is essential as a skill for this century.

Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:25 AM

If there is one area where we could really use some creativity is in the area of PD! I could really appreciate this quote, "Spurts of time riddled with interruptions aren’t conducive to creativity because each time our focus is wrecked, we struggle to get back to the point we’d reached in our creative “flow”." Time is always an issue but it's so necessary to creativity.

academiPad's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:08 PM

This is a must read for everybody who needs to be creative - that is everybody. Some tips include carving out time, making this non-negotiable, and recognizing that you have to work yourself into your creative zone are only some of the things discussed. Plus you get to watch a video on the topic from John Cleese - come one, JOHN CLEESE! Great read!!

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The Creativity Summit

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The Creativity Summit: 16 Top Thought Leaders, Business Experts, & Entrepreneurs Share Their Creative Approach to Ever-Expanding Success, Wealth & Personal Fulfillment. March 18 - April 5 / No charge to attend

Host: Dr. Ron Stotts plus 15 other speakers including: John Assaraf, Jack Canfield, Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D., Arielle Ford, Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., Lynda Weinman.

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The Creativity Summit http://talentdevelop.com/TCS

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When You Hit a Brick Wall, Turn to Stone Like Carl Jung

When You Hit a Brick Wall, Turn to Stone Like Carl Jung | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Carl Jung played with stones during a time of deep confusion. His example illustrates some things we know about the science of creative insight and the making hands-at-work.
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Douglas Eby's comment, March 24, 2013 9:11 PM
Jung once commented: "A creative person has little power over their own life. They are not free, but captive and driven by their daimon.” [paraphrased] - From post: Creative Passion and Gifted Adults: Prodded by Our Angelic and Demonic Muse http://highability.org/93/
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Barnet Bain on Your Hidden Creativity

"Your Hidden Creativity: Turning Potential Into Achievement" - interview with Barnet Bain, an award-winning movie producer, director, and writer, and also a transformational coach. This is a few minutes from his almost one hour interview with host Dr. Ron Stotts at The Creativity Summit March 18 – April 5, 2013. Free presentations and paid recording packages. shrd.by/ra9PDr

 

 

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