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How To Be Creative Even If You Think You’re Not

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What Are the Characteristics of a Creative Person?

  • Originality
  • Independent
  • A risk taker
  • Curious
  • Has a sense of humor
  • An attraction to complexity and novelty
  • Open-minded
  • A need for privacy
  • Heightened perception
  • Tolerance for Ambiguity
  • Awareness of their own creativity

How Can Someone Who Doesn’t Have These Characteristics Be Creative?

  1. Preparation — This is the first part of the process. You brainstorm and come up with as many ideas and/or solutions as possible. In the preparation phase, you investigate the problem and gather information, this is where you consider every possibility.
  2. Incubation — The incubation, is the period of rest for conscious mind on the matter, and it is where your subconscious starts to kick in. During this time, your subconscious is going over and processing all the information you gathered, in order to get you to the next step.
  3. Illumination — This is where the lightbulb comes in! After your subconscious has thought over everything from the preparation phase, it generally provides you with a viable idea or solution to your problem.
  4. Verification — The verification phase is when you test your idea/solution. You apply it, and you see if it works.

Divergent Thinking

What is divergent thinking?

What Are Some Techniques For Working On Divergent Thinking

Ask, “Why?”

Small Risks

Brainstorms

Discovering Your Creativity

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