Those nasty negative emotions. If only we could just do away with them, right? But they have value, and they show up more in creative (right-brained) thinkers. Here’s why they are both valuable and in larger quantity in creative types, according to Jordan Peterson:
A tragic turn of events unleashes new, unfamiliar superpowers that shock the wielder, eventually forcing him to face his moral obligation to reduce the suffering of those around him.
As an oil painting BFA candidate in 1987, I made this painting. It no longer exists, because a senior student shamed me for liking comics; I’m pretty sure I painted over it. The world is not worse off that this painting is no more, but it struck me that the Super Human theme was capturing… Continue reading Coming Back Around
I recently happened upon an interesting piece 1Acknowledging and Dealing with the Fear of PSI, Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 1984, vol 78, pp. 133-143. by Dr. Charles T. Tart over at the University of California. The article discusses the fear of ESP, but— ESP aside— contains remarkable insight into human nature.… Continue reading I'll Support Your Illusions If You'll Support Mine
“…a man does need his rest, and Edison was not above the occasional catnap — provided it was not devoted solely to sleep. Like most people, he noticed that insights and brainstorms often occur at the edges of sleep — when the border guard of the prefrontal cortex is going off duty and the more… Continue reading Edison, Invention and Sleep
Think of creativity more broadly. It applies to every goal we have. “Make wrongs” are contrary, they stifle creative thoughts. If you can’t get enough John Cleese, here’s another talk where he talks about the value of sleeping on creative problems.
Leo Widrich shares many strategies to increasing our creativity in his article, Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity (thanks, Titania Richard).
I have a lot of creative friends: writers, designers, artists. They can all attest to one simple fact: we have a lot of ideas that just aren’t that good. This truth is not isolated to creativity. Or rather it is, but our definition of creativity is too limiting. We are creating thoughts all the time.… Continue reading Throwaway Thoughts