Friday, March 15, 2013

The Intelligence-Creativity Connection

Do you think you’re intelligent but not very creative, or you're creative but not very intelligent, or have you bought into myths around creativity? Three myths can be especially problematic. One: Only special people are creative. False. Every human brain contains tremendous capacities for creativity, although not every person develops those capacities. Two: Creativity involves special activities only, like art, design, or advertising. False. You can be creative at anything including math, science, engineering, sports, running, a business, and handling relationship. Three: The human brain is either creative or not. False. You can hone creativity skills and become increasingly creative in your life and work. Creativity and intelligence are first cousins, blood relatives. When you are acting creatively you tend to be acting intelligently. In a similar way, the highest form of intelligence is thinking creatively. Avoid underestimating your brain. Take a step back and realize that your own unique power of imagination is a fundamental feature of human intelligence and, therefore, of creativity.

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