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The Psychology of Creativity

The Psychology of Creativity
Looking for inspiration? Start with PsyBlog’s articles on the science of creativity. Here’s a deceptively simple question: if we all have the potential to be creative, why is it so hard? Part of the problem is that so little attention is paid to the psychological research on creativity. If we can harness what scientists already know about creativity, we can propel ourselves to new heights of achievement. Creativity isn’t just for artists, we all need it—at home, in our relationships and, for many of us, at work. For many of us, then, our incomes rely on our creativity. Collected below are recent PsyBlog articles which explore how to be creative: Image credit: Faith Goble

Draw a Stickman Digital Art Secrets | Free Tutorials for Digital Painting Creativity for the Cautious The mysterious connection between need for structure and creativity. Do you like surprises? If you do, it may surprise you to learn that a lot of other people don’t. Our natural ability (or lack thereof) to deal with surprising situations and the uncertainty they generate may have an important role to play in our creativity. Psychologists call our natural way of dealing with uncertainty ‘personal need for structure’. Take a couple of social situations as examples. Throughout the evening the social structure of the situation is just like every other time you’ve visited a restaurant. The rituals are comforting. But let’s imagine we mess with this situation. And it turns out the whole things is free, sort of: apparently everyone is coming around to your place next Saturday and expects the same treatment. What kind of a weird restaurant has this system? The point is that those with a high personal need for structure would find the dinner-party-style restaurant highly uncomfortable.

ServiceArchitecturau (@patrickdupont) sur Twitter Get Anyone to Like You – Instantly – Guaranteed Get anyone to like you - Instantly - Guaranteed If you want people to like you, make them feel good about themselves. This golden rule of friendship works every time - guaranteed! The principle is straightforward. If I meet you and make you feel good about yourself, you will like me and seek every opportunity to see me again to reconstitute the same good feeling you felt the first time we met. The simple communication techniques that follow will help you keep the focus of the conversation on the person you are talking to and make them feel good about themselves. The Big Three Our brains continually scan the environment for friend or foe signals. Eyebrow Flash The eyebrow flash is a quick up and down movement of the eyebrows. Head Tilt The head tilt is a slight tilt of the head to one side or the other. Smile A smile sends the message "I like you." Empathic Statements Empathic statements keep the focus on the other person. Example 1 George : I've been really busy this week. Example 2 Flattery

Konferenz-Kritzeleien: Kreative zeichnen Sterne, Egomanen ihren Namen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - KarriereSPIEGEL Ob Informatiker, Pfarrer oder Neurologe: Bei öden Meetings greifen alle gern zum Stift. Was sie da kritzeln, wissen die Nebenbei-Zeichner oft selbst nicht genau. Sechs Bürokünstler zeigen ihre schönsten Werke - und Psychologen verraten, wie man sie deuten kann. Kritzeln kann beim Lernen helfen. Der Medieninformatiker fühlt sich bestätigt: "Wenn ich aus dem Fenster gucke, schweifen die Gedanken ab, wenn ich zeichne, kriege ich alles mit." Schon bevor er das Fachblatt hinter sich wusste, gründete Laumer auf Facebook die Seite Sitzungskunst, als kleine Galerie für Nebenbei-Zeichner. Samuraischwert oder Tablett-Förderband? 24 eigene Zeichnungen stellte er zunähst auf die Seite, bei manchen ist er selbst nicht sicher, was sie darstellen: Güterzug, Armband oder Samuraischwert? Laumer begann, Kritzelbilder von Freunden und Kollegen zu sammeln, die Ersten brachten ihre Bilder ungefragt vorbei. Georg Franzen beschäftigt sich beruflich mit der Deutung von Kritzelbildern.

Top 37 Design Blogs to Follow There’s numerous weblogs that cover up the topic of design. Every web designer loves finding new sites with great content and follow to stay up-to-date with trends and techniques, so I’ve made it a little easier. This article presents top 37 great designs content blogs based on the quality of their posts & resources and not the design. At the bottom there are all of the RSS feeds, so you can keep yourself updated with all of the sites featured. SixRevisions SpoonGraphics ChrisWallace [postadsense] Cssglobe DesignMag Function NaldzGraphics Line25 24ways Nettuts Noupe PSDFan ReEncoded SmashingApps SmashingMagazine StylizedWeb VandelayDesign Walyou WebdesignerDepot WebDesignLedger FudgeGraphics JustCreativeDesign MyInkBlog FuelYourCreativity Speckyboy OutlawDesignBlog YouTheDesigner CSS-Tricks DavidAirey ThinkDesign SpyreStudios Skelliewag FreelanceFolder FreelanceSwitch GuerrillaFreelancing ColorBurned Download

How to be Creative Trying to make connections? Here are seven more research-based techniques to increase creativity. “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything.” ~George Lois Following on from a previous article on how to be creative, which had a tremendous response, here are another 7 techniques for breaking through a creative block. 1. Conjuring up what might have been gives a powerful boost to creativity. Markman et al. (2007) found that using counterfactuals (what might have happened but didn’t) sometimes doubled people’s creativity. Analytical problems are best tackled with a subtractive mind-set: thinking about what could have been taken away from the situation.Expansive problems benefited most from an additive counterfactual mind-set: thinking about what could have been added to the situation. 2. People solve many problems analogically: by recalling a similar old one and applying the same, or similar solution. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

10 reasons Architects probably won't fix it 10 reasons Architects probably won’t fix it 1. Architects are not leaders In fact, we wait to follow. Architecture is a service profession. 2. We are losing (or have already lost) our position in the public conscience. 3. Think about the number of existing buildings in your town. 4. Architects are just a small part of the team required to realize a complex building. 5. Architects value design above everything else. 6. We create beauty and purity. 7. We are obsessed with the newest, most creative, most innovative and far-flung version of awesomeness the latest firm du jour is building somewhere overseas. 8. At a conference last week, the keynote speaker showed a graph of innovation in American business. 9. Architects are almost universally admired. 10. It’s been over 2 years since the economic crash of 2009 and Architects have done almost nothing to effect change. and, can I borrow a dollar? { coffee with an architect } Written as a follow-up to “10 Reasons Architects can fix it“

201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity Arouse your creativity Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. Creativity is like sex. I know, I know. The people I speak of are writers. Below, I’ve exposed some of their secret tips, methods, and techniques. Now, lie back, relax and take pleasure in these 201 provocative ways to arouse your creativity. Great hacks from Merlin Mann of 43 Folders