“The creative adult is the child who survives.”
— Ursula Le Guin
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
— Albert Einstein
The human psyche is such that “feeding the beast” is not always a good thing, except when it comes to creativity, something I previously wrote about here on WordPress and in this article for The Huffington Post. The truth is, we live in a time where getting things “on demand”, whether they be material goods or information at our fingertips, is eroding our innate creativity.
This is a growing problem for our society and the economy alike, because creativity matters.
Is the value of creativity being depreciated?
It is so important to hone creativity and play skills in children; which is why my new book, Autism Intervention in the iEra is all about pairing toys and tech (iPad Apps) in treatment. It’s so important to understand the psychology behind the depreciating value of creativity, which is perfectionism; something I wrote of in my business book The NICE Reboot.
Perfectionism destroys creativity; and the ability to innovate. Perfectionism is a beast that gets “fed” when one spends too much time in “their head”, or isolated, or comparing themselves to others, or engaged in tasks that promote busyness instead of true productivity, and skewed performance instead of balance.
As we all know, balance in all things is crucial for overall wellbeing. You know what else is crucial? Taking time to listen to the whispers of the inner child residing in each of us, which grows fainter as we grow older. Why? So that we can bust the myths that hold us back; myths we hear from others and myths we fabricate in our heads. Myths which arise from fear of failure and fear of change.
So how can we overcome our fear? By understanding the causes of creativity, which I posted below. By understanding that creativity results from making mistakes, from trial and error, and engaging in collaboration with others. By actively seeking and and going towards the “road less traveled by”. By understanding that creativity is not a hobby.
It is a way of life.
“To thine own self be true.”
— Shakespeare (Hamlet)