The secrets of a creative mind
It was something like a camp for geniuses holidays for creative people.
Truman Capote was talking with Norman Mailer. William Carlos Williams passed the time with frank O’Connor…
For several days the university campus at Berkeley, California played host to some Of the most influential writers, mathematicians, architects and artists Of the period. It was idyllic, although someone silently observing and analyzing each word, each gesture.
The most ambitious studies
In 1956 the famous psychologist Frank X, Barron carried out one Of the most ambitious studies of the creative mind. Observing and interviewing the most prolific figures Of his time, he set the
foundations for understanding how the brain Of an artist works.
His first conclusion is that intelligence is important but not determinant.
There are Other ingredients
which Barron sensed but could not specify. A recent hook has filled in the gaps Of this psychologist’s Legacy to help understand how the creative mind works. Besides intelligence, what’s necessary is imagination. But not only that- Contrary to popular belief. creativity is not linked to the use of the right side Of the brain.
It’s a much more complex process not dependent on binary processes, and if we had to sum it up geographically we would say that a creative person is someone who is capable of making both sides Of the brain work at the time.
The brains Of a creative people work differently
from those Of the rest Of humanity. But not in the way that we used to believe, In their hook Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind.
Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and journalist Carolyn Gregoire reach this conclusion.
Based on studies by Barton and combining them with scientific advances that have occurred since then. Perhaps the most notable among them is that provided by neurologist Marcus Raichle, who in 2001 identified an area of the brains that we have come to call the imagination network. and which is the principal factor that us daydream and think about the past. the future and the abstract.
The secret of creative people
It is that they activate this network and relate it to the executive network of the brain. in Other words the part that is responsible for controlling attention and memory. In this way the person concentrates of letting his imagination fly, blocking out external distractions and isolating himself in his mind-wandering CAN SOMEONE LEARN TO BE CREATIVE?
Scientific advances have allowed us 10 put a face on the muses, what can we use this knowledge for? Is it possible to learn to be creative? There seems to be a natural tendency of predisposition in some people. but in recent years more importance has been given to what stimulates creativity.
In 2006 the educator Ken Robinson gave a TED talk in which he claimed that current educational practices stifle the creative talents Of students, and advocated finding ways to stimulate them.
Robinson repeated the dictum Of Pablo Picasso: ¨All children are artists. The problem is how to stay an artist when the child grows up. ” The video became one Of the most-seen in the history Of these conferences, with 43 million visits”. His criticism has become a common denunciation Of the system, but the educational community moves slowly and change has not come.
The habits Of the highly creative people
While creativity is maybe not being stimulated on the academic level, on a personal level it is possible observe and imitate the habits Of the highly creative people. According to Kaufman and Gregoire, they include daydreaming, observing one’s surroundings, working on schedule adapted to one’s needs rather than to convention. Spending time alone, and leaning to overcome obstacles, It’s phenomenon that psychologists have called Post-traumatic growth. Clear examples Of which can be found in all those films and songs about amorous heartbreak.
Maybe one Of the most essential characteristics is to seek new experiences and be open to change. Which, if combined with resilience, valour and curiosity, would be a recipe for creativity. A recipe, it should be observed, that is better not copied: there is nothing less creative than blindly following a formula to the letter.