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Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Musings ~ Blocks to Creativity - Part Two

"Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing. Taste is the enemy of creativeness". Pablo Picasso

I highly recommend reading David Edwards book "How To Be More Creative". It is out of print but you might be able to find a copy in a used book store. Continuing from last week's post, I will share a checklist from the book which may help you discover blocks to creativity that may be giving you trouble.
Emotional Blocks:
  • Fear.
  • Need to conform.
  • Frustration.
  • Too much or too little motivation.
  • A tendency to judge rather than create ideas.
  • Self-satisfaction.
Perceptual Blocks:
  • Inadequately defining or limiting the problem.
  • Using the wrong method.
  • Using the incorrect information.
  • Failure to use all the senses.
  • An inability to utilize all your abilities.
Cultural Blocks:
  • "Now, let's be logical."
  • "Thou shalt not try anything new."
  • Role stereotyping.
  • Playing is for kids.
  • Fantasy and daydreaming are bad.
Recognizing and working at removing emotional, perceptual, and cultural blocks is one step towards greater creativity. Of course this can be a lifelong process which requires patience and perseverance and even in doing so you may not be able to remove all blocks. However with the right attitude and chosen strategies, one can minimize their effects on the creative process. I hope this post helps identify your own personal blocks and places you on a path toward discovering strategies to remove them, so you are in a more conducive attitude to creative thinking. Next week I will post a list of strategies I have found helpful.

3 comments:

Gaston Studio said...

Can't wait to see your list of strategies.

Bridget said...

thanks for the ideas...
half.com is a great place to find out of print books.

regarding conforming, My Mother told me....

Jello conforms to the shape of the vessel it is placed in, Never Conform, unless you think you are jello.

KnockKnocking said...

Thanks for the ideas!