What does it mean to be creative?
Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist, cognitive developmental theorist, said, “If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.”
As noted in my other article, Erich Seligmann Fromm, a social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, said that, “creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”
Dr.Carrie Barron and Dr. Alton Barron, in their book, The Creativity Cure: A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness, define creativity as: “Creativity is a capacity of mind that can lead to original expression.”
“Creativity is expressing your true-self, not your fake-self.”
In the same book, one of the most creative and well respected psychoanalytic thinkers, D. W. Winnicott, said, ” It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.“
Why do we need to be creative?
- Creativity leads to self discovery.
- Creativity helps us perform our jobs effectively
- Creativity allows us to play with our creative minds
- Creativity leads to happiness.
- Creativity allows us to see things in multiple ways.
- Because the world is changing (technology)
- Creativity allows to focus on our jobs
How can we get creative?
- When we think of things differently
- When we embrace making mistakes and learn from them
- When we are comfortable with chaos
- When we experiment with new things
- When we experiment with old things.
Finally, here are what Earl Nightingale, a human character developer said about Creativity: