Creativity: What Does It Mean To Be A Creative Person?

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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?

  1. When we think of things differently
  2. When we embrace making mistakes and learn from them
  3. When we are comfortable with chaos
  4. When we experiment with new things
  5. When we experiment with old things.

Finally, here are what Earl Nightingale, a human character developer said about Creativity:

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. Everything begins with an idea. Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.”