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Some of my favorite stories about contemporary art, design, creativity, psychology, and whatever else I think is cool.
Curated by Melanie Biehle
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Unusual Thinking Styles Increase Creativity — PsyBlog

Unusual Thinking Styles Increase Creativity — PsyBlog | Inward Facing Girl Loves... | Scoop.it
Psychological research reveals how rational versus intuitive thinking can inspire new ideas.
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Do you usually approach problems rationally or intuitively? Next time you're stuck on a project, try looking at it from the method that you use less often. 

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Why Creativity Blocks Happen (and How to Overcome Them)

Why Creativity Blocks Happen (and How to Overcome Them) | Inward Facing Girl Loves... | Scoop.it
Is creativity something people are just born with? For many of us, creative thinking isn't purely intuitive—it's also plain hard work.
Melanie Biehle's insight:

Fantastic article on creativity and how we get stuck. Perfect piece to accompany my genuineMIX exercise on creating change.

 

http://www.genuinemix.com/blog/2013/1/7/exercise-create-change

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Why We Can't See What's Right in Front of Us

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The most famous cognitive obstacle to innovation is functional fixedness — an idea first articulated in the 1930s by Karl Duncker — in which people tend to fixate on the common use of an object.
Melanie Biehle's insight:

"... our brain's incredible inertia to move toward the common. Efficient for everyday life, this automatic neural response is the enemy of innovation." 

 

This article makes me want to study common objects, like pencils. Or magnets. Or toothbrushes.

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Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas — PsyBlog

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Why creative ideas are often rejected in favour of conformity and uniformity.
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People love to go with the tried and true. I mean, in theory, they'd like to take risks and do something awesome, but fear stops them. Why do you think there are so many sequels in Hollywood?

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Picasso, Kepler, and the Benefits of Being an Expert Generalist

Picasso, Kepler, and the Benefits of Being an Expert Generalist | Inward Facing Girl Loves... | Scoop.it
If you develop an appetite for learning and openness, you're more likely to be able to draw ideas from multiple disciplines - and be more creative.
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"If you are not willing to do something new, then it's hard to be creative." I love the articles on @99u. Thanks for the link, @sandrat212.

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Chuck Close on Creativity, Work Ethic, and Problem-Solving vs. Problem-Creating

Chuck Close on Creativity, Work Ethic, and Problem-Solving vs. Problem-Creating | Inward Facing Girl Loves... | Scoop.it
"Inspiration is for amateurs -- the rest of us just show up and get to work."

Questions of why creators create, how they structure their
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"I think while appropriation has produced some interesting work … for me, the most interesting thing is to back yourself into your own corner where no one else’s answers will fit. You will somehow have to come up with your own personal solutions to this problem that you have set for yourself because no one else’s answers are applicable." - Chuck Close

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60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days

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I love New Year's Day. I get really motivated and excited about lists like this.
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