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6 Techniques to Boost Your Creativity 

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6 Techniques to Boost Your Creativity 

Guest post by Daisy Hartwell.  Creativity makes our world a better place. Really, what would the world look like if no significant discoveries were made? No revolutionary ideas, or even just new approaches to doing things? Creativity pushes humanity forward. It helps the gears of progress spin faster. And it simply makes people’s lives more comfortable and exciting. Find out what creativity really is, along with some great ways to spark it. We’ll describe six creativity techniques that you’ll be able to use while studying, working on a project, or just going about your everyday life. Various disciplines have different ways of explaining creativity. These disciplines include education, psychology, linguistics, songwriting, and engineering, just to name a few. In general, however, they all cover the same basic relationships—like the link between creativity and intelligence, personality type, neurological and mental processes, mental health, and ability to create something new. As a summary definition, we can say: Creativity is a phenomenon (an ability or a process) by which something different and new is made. This “something” can be either a physical object (painting, sculpture, invention, all sorts of creative things) or something intangible (a theory, joke, melody, idea). Since the very concept of creativity first appeared, many theories, studies, and creativity articles have been published. They all suggest different explanations as to what the best methods, sources, and ways of developing creativity are. All based on the interpretation of different studies’ results. It’s fair to say that the theories and studies themselves serve as great examples of the creative process. Convergent and divergent thinking This theory draws a connection between the creative process and different types of thinking. It’s mainly based on the distinction between convergent and divergent thinking. Convergent thinking means finding a single solution to a problem, whereas divergent thinking results in multiple creative solutions. Researchers point to the similarity between divergent thinking and creativity itself. Studies even prove that different thinking can lead to a better mood, which in turn improves the creative process. Incubation Incubation theory suggests another idea. It says that a short break from solving a problem or trying to come up with an idea aids creativity. The primary reason is that during the break, your brain forgets all the misleading thoughts and inappropriate strategies. Without these unnecessary ideas, the creative thinker can then come up with better and more relevant solutions. This theory is actually based on disputing earlier theories. These previous theories claimed that creative ideas appear in the unconscious mind while a person is focusing on other tasks. Creative cognition approach Creative cognition theory splits creativity into two stages: 1) generative, which consists of constructing mental representations, and 2) exploratory, which consists of coming up with innovative ideas based on those constructions. When using innovative thinking to develop new ideas, their structuring is usually based on already-existing concepts. However, there are also arguments that ordinary cognitive processes bring extraordinary results. Everyday imaginative thought There are also a few somewhat simplistic theories that have...

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