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Being bored at work can make us more creative

Being bored at work can make us more creative | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Most of us think of being bored at work as a negative experience, but a new study suggests it can have positive results including an increase in creativity because it gives us time to daydream.

 

"This suggests that more passive boring activities, like reading or perhaps attending meetings, can lead to more creativity -- whereas writing, by reducing the scope for daydreaming, reduces the creativity-enhancing effects of boredom."

 

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Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity

Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Research indicates we're better at solving problems and being creative when we're thinking of others instead of ourselves.
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Rachelle Capo's comment, July 28, 2012 7:37 PM
This article goes really well with that "Angry? Be a Fly on the Wall" article. If you can step outside the moment when you're upset, and pretend someone else is in your situation, it seems like you might have a better chance at keeping calm and coming up with a good solution/plan of action.
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Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase Creativity - Huffington Post

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Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase CreativityHuffington PostWhen you're tired you don't think as clearly or creatively, and you can make more mistakes.

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David Hulme's comment, April 1, 2012 3:17 PM
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Myths of Right-Brained Creativity | Psychology Today

Myths of Right-Brained Creativity | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Myths of hemispheric-centered creativity do more harm than good. We now know that creativity as well as—on the flip side—rational decisions are more whole-brained activities than some of us would like to imagine."

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Why Ditching The Office Could Help You Be More Creative

Why Ditching The Office Could Help You Be More Creative | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers have shown that a flexible schedule helps employees be healthier, happier, and more productive.

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The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | The Creativity Post

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | The Creativity Post | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Over the last seventy-five years a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of imaginative play as a vital component to the normal development of a child.

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Rejection bolsters creativity for Independent individuals

Rejection bolsters creativity for Independent individuals | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Press Release: ITHACA, N.Y. – Social rejects with the right mindset can be tomorrow’s innovators because being an outcast can lead to heightened creativity and even commercial success, according to Cornell University researchers.

 

“If you have the right way of managing rejection, feeling different can help you reach creative solutions,” said Jack Goncalo, associate professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University’s ILR School. “Unlike people who have a strong need to belong, some socially rejected people shrug off rejection with an attitude of ‘normal people don’t get me and I am meant for something better.’ Our paper shows how that works.”

 

Sharon Kim of Johns Hopkins University, Gonaclo, and Lynne Vincent, an ILR visiting lecturer, co-authored, “Outside Advantage: Can Social Rejection Fuel Creative Thought?” The researchers found that social exclusion – in the workplace or elsewhere – can stimulate creativity for people with an independent sense of self.

 

“We’re not dismissing the negative consequences rejection has on many individuals, but for some people, the rejection has a golden lining,” Goncalo said. “For the socially rejected, creativity may be the best revenge.”

 

Goncalo’s paper can be viewed online at: http://works.bepress.com/jack_goncalo/21/ ;

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The Millions : It’s All in Your Head: The Problems With Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine

The Millions : It’s All in Your Head: The Problems With Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Not too long ago, the idea that “you are your brain” was the revolutionary mantra of a handful of scientists, but today it raises hardly an eyebrow among the general public. The brain has become, for many, synonymous with the biological machinations of the self, and the self-knowledge promised by neuroscience has ignited a hunger to understand how it weighs in on age-old questions: Do we have free will? How do we make decisions? What happens when we fall in love? Why do we make art? Imagine, Jonah Lehrer’s polymathic new book is poised to feed this hunger. But will science take "a backseat to story" in the process?


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Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase Creativity - Huffington Post

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Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase CreativityHuffington PostWhen you're tired you don't think as clearly or creatively, and you can make more mistakes.

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Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Brrriiinnng. The alarm clock buzzes in another hectic weekday morning. You leap out of bed, rush into the shower, into your clothes and out the door with barely a moment to think. A stressful commute gets your blood pressure climbing.

 

Everything about the way we start our day runs counter to the best conditions for thinking creatively

 


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Gina Stepp's comment, March 22, 2012 10:50 AM
I love the last line: "Laughing babies and a double latte: now that’s a way to start the day."

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Who Says Brainstorming Doesn't Work?

Who Says Brainstorming Doesn't Work? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Critics have been slamming brainstorming almost as long as it's been around. They say it doesn't work.

 

 The real problem is that about 90% of the people we come across who say they are brainstorming aren't really brainstorming at all.


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Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

http://www.ted.com Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
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Gina Stepp's comment, March 6, 2012 2:06 AM
After a lovely evening with his wife and daughter, both of whom are creative and nurturing in their own right, I am comfortable believing that he practices what he preaches.