When Creativity Is More Scientific Than You Think!
The Science Behind Creative Minds
When we say creativity, we usually think along the lines of art masterpieces, exquisite musical compositions, and lovely lyrical prose and poetry the likes van Gogh, Mozart and Shakespeare can deliver. But scientifically speaking, creativity is more than that.
“This is the scientific name for that classic “eureka!” moment when “connections automatically, subconsciously collide and then reach the threshold of consciousness.” – Scott Barry Kaufman, Psychologist.
Let us learn the science behind real creative minds.
We usually think of creativity as innovativeness in the form of artistry. While we consider the life-changing ideas of great scientists like Einstein as pure genius, we call those whose works revolve around art-related works like Beethoven or da Vinci as creative geniuses.
But scientifically speaking, men of science and arts should be called creative. Scientists and inventors who’ve thought of ways that changed the way humans lived and propelled us forward are creative, too; they just exhibit this characteristic in a different way than the artisans do.
How is there such a huge difference between creative abilities? Does our capacity to be imaginative come in levels? Science explains by giving us these three various but interconnected kinds of imagination aptitudes.
The Creative Type Of Imagination
According to Psychologist Dr. Sandi Mann, boredom may evoke creativity. “Unlike so many parents today,” she says, “I am quite happy when my kids whine that they are bored. Finding ways to amuse themselves is an important skill.”
This kind of imagination is where our minds typically would lead to when we think of creativity. It’s associated with both discovering an innovative scientific principle or composing a highly sophisticated musical composition.
Creative imagination is different from everyday creativity – the latter we use to find solutions to our daily problems at our works and homes as well as tackling our DIY projects and other crafts.
But while we have an inkling as to how there are some people whose more blessed with this type of imagination, science believes that specific environmental factors can enhance it. Some studies have observed that kids who were exposed to original content or watched imaginative individuals at work became more creative themselves.
The Fantastical Type Of Imagination
Experts define fantastical imagination as the ability to have intense, realistic fantasies of imaginative worlds and the tendency to get absorbed in them.
- It increases creative imagination and the ability to look at things from a new perspective,
- It makes for impressive storytelling skills,
- It enhances the minds ability to make memories and link present undertakings to them, and,
- It makes the individual a rocking creative problem solver and planner.
- It makes one prone to daydreaming,
- It serves as a distraction to doing and completing one’s everyday routine, and,
- Some use this kind of imagination to escape their realities especially if they went through traumatic events they want to get away from.
The Episodic Type Of Imagination
Episodic imagination is similar to how the fantastical one works. However, the difference is the former uses real episodes in the individual’s life and play it like mini-films in his mind.
This imagination type helps us cope up with and learn from our past mistakes by allowing us to imagine alternative routes to decisions we already made (the what-ifs in our lives). It also assists us in preparing for what’s ahead.
We have to remember that while we do possess varying degrees of creativity and imagination, we can enhance what we have now through experience, practice, play, and inspiration. Knowledge isn’t the real power of a human being; it is imagination. So, unleash your creativity and see where it takes you!
As Psychologist Rebecca McMillan wrote, “Mind-wandering can aid in the process of “creative incubation.” And of course, many of us know from experience that our best ideas come seemingly out of the blue when our minds are elsewhere.”