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Techniques To Becoming Creative

Sometimes, you perceive of yourself as someone who would not know creativity even if it knocked you on the head with a sledgehammer. And sometimes, you just come to the realization that you and creativity just would not mix. It is like oil and water for you and creativity, or so you think.

You must not give up. If you imagine feeling the wrath of Zeus every time you need to be creative, do not put a lid on it. All you need is a technique, a creativity technique.

Creativity techniques make your world a better place to live in. But just like everyone’s common world, these techniques also have bad points. Think of them as a giant tool box, with all you might ever need to build your own house. It has lots and lots of tools but you just have to pick the right one.

The first technique would be the basic model. With this model, you have to think of what it is that really hinders you on your path to creativity, and jot it down in non-technical formal. Show what you wrote to people who have never experienced that kind of problem and ask them for ideas and for their opinions. You can also recommend to them thinking on it overnight or for a few days.

Once they speak up, take down any thoughts and ideas they air out regarding the “real” problem and any solutions that are of high potential. It is very essential that what they expect of your ability to utilize their ideas are put in a realistic perspective. You can develop or re-interpret the ideas they gave you to make them more workable for you. You should not dismiss the notion that the idea might be technically na

Games for Creativity

Everyone has a capability to be creative. However, oftentimes, it is hidden within your personality and you have to pry open certain body organs to get your creativity out in the open.

Your brain contains that creativity but you have to exercise your brain cells first before you can get your brain on the go. This is where the games for creativity step in.

The goal of these games and exercises is to show how crazy or how impossible problems may be talked about and solved, with the use of evaluations and different analyses that are not usually thought of in a traditional problem-solving situation.

They are not present to rate the most intelligent or the brightest person, but they are there to give you suggestions about ways in recognizing the things that make you inefficient or limit you to your conventional thinking.

The first game is, in some ways, a game that was developed by Andersen Consulting, otherwise called as Accenture. Accenture will be much of help to you in understanding your style of thinking a lot better. The questions involved in this game quiz are not at all difficult, but you still have to think for a while before you blurt out your answer.

“How do you put a giraffe in the fridge?” Well, the answer is very easy you do not have to call a friend for this one. It is simple. You open the fridge first, put the giraffe inside, and then close the fridge. This question tries to determine if you have a tendency to complicate simple things.

The next question strictly follows the first one. “How do you put an elephant in the fridge?” You would probably open the fridge, put the elephant inside then shut the fridge close. On the contrary, that is not how this question is to be answered. Yes, opening the fridge does come first, but you have to remove the giraffe first, replace it with the elephant, and that is when you close the fridge. Your ability to consider implications was put under the spotlight.

These games make you creative because you tend to dig deeper in your brain to come out with the best, and most logical, answer. Brace yourself, for more questions are to come.

The king of the jungle assembled a moot for the animals. Every animal from the jungle was there, except for one. Now which one was that? It was the elephant. Why so? Have you forgotten that you left the elephant in the fridge? This question will check your memory, or how effective it can be.

Now imagine yourself having to cross a river. You, again, face another dilemma, for the river is infested with crocodiles, and these crocodiles are far from being vegetarians. What are you going to do now? Actually, you can swim across the river for as long as you like, well at least, before the moot is over because all the crocodiles are busy enjoying at the moot. This question tries to see if you learn quickly form the mistakes you have committed.

These game quizzes checked if there are certain areas in your brain that are not productive, thus, will hinder you from being creative. Their main goal is to make you think, given the estimation of how absolutely weird or absurd some problems can get. Solve these games for creativity correctly and you are bound to be one heck of a creative person.

”KNOWLEDGE PROCESSING, CREATIVITY AND POLITICS” BY SHOWAN KHURSHID

There are many approaches to the understanding of creativity and one of such interpretations is the book by Kurdish doctor and writer Showan Khurshid, titled Knowledge Processing, Creativity and Politics. His explanation of the concept of creativity deviates somewhat from the traditional and revolutionary school of thought to something that is quite ‘evolutionary’ and philosophical, banking mostly on idea of human morality.

According to Dr Khurshid, societal changes are actively linked with people’s perceptions of morality, as opposed to the usual Marx-inspired thinking of relating such advances and changes to class stuggle and differences in economic status and background.

His book, Knowledge Processing, Creativity and Politics places a question mark on the rather conventional way we treat and deal with differences in ideologies, philosophies and religions. Dr Khurshid adopts the thinking the morality approach can be applied to all aspects and strains of human life. The main question he seeks to answer is: how is it possible to have political order and peace?

Knowledge Processing, Creativity and Politics stresses that man’s most important and vital characteristic to survive in this world is his creative faculties. That is, the ability to obtain, pass on and apply the knowledge he has learned, based on his physical makeup or biology, his mental abilities or psychology and experiences.

Creativity, to him, is a prerequisite for morality. Thus, the best form of morality is what would help our creativity grow best. People should agree on their perceptions and definitions of morality in order to resolve conflicts, obtain peace, give rise to political power and, eventually, achieve peace and order.

However, we may ask how this ‘agreement’ is possible in a world with varying interests, orientations and tastes. When we really think about it, a lot of liberal ideologies and democracies have fallen to conflict because of moral disagreements; and, oftentimes, how societies, groups and concepts evolve are also based on such disagreements.

This is not to say, however, that because the presence of these disagreements is common to all societies, that they all ended up in the same vein. Because of the variations in history and background, they have transformed into different societies with different, sometimes even opposing political thrusts and histories.

Knowledge Processing, Creativity and Politics tackles the above issue at greater length, and it will take more than just this article to summarize all the ideas Dr Khurshid has suggested. One thing is clear, however, is that creativity is a powerful force in all of life’s movements and shifts. Creativity is among the factors that influence and effect change. Thus, it is something that we should care for and constantly seek to improve and cultivate.

STUDYING A PERSON’S THINKING AND CREATIVITY THROUGH TESTING

Not every student is expected to agree to tests that require them to use their creative faculties, mostly because some find it rather tedious and time-consuming. However, testing has been found to be an effective way to measure a person’s thinking style and creativity, though it does not guarantee accuracy.

True, because creativity is a concept that is all too general, whose definition may vary depending on culture, background and political or economic orientation, it is something that is hard to calculate.

Testing, however, gives us, at least, an idea of where a particular person’s creativity lies. Instead of groping in the dark, testing allows us to make intelligent inferences an individual’s style and preferences. If we execute them fairly and explain the merits of learning to think creatively, people will have valid reasons to do so.

Here are some examples of creativity tests that have been employed through the years.

– Draw the opposite

Students are asked to draw a one-inch figure next to a test concept or word that is represented by the opposite of the highlighted word. This test pushes creativity as it makes use of our imagination and knowledge.

– Essay test

Essays can help examiners study creative thinking or they may hole in directly on knowledge and memory. Questions are asked to allow the test-taker to use his problem solving skills and imagination.

– Flexibility tests

Higher points are given to answers that are most unusual, least expected, but may still be considered correct. Inform students beforehand how they are going to be graded.

– Write the opposites

Like the draw the opposites tests, students are asked to write down the opposite of a particular word next to it. Researchers have shown that people who are very creative have the ability to come up with answers more quickly than the average creative thinkers.

– Word and image matching

Place a small group of figures in the test and ask the students to match words with the image that are a best fit with them.

– Multiple choice tests

Multiple choice tests are rather tedious to make because you have to come up with a number of items for just one question. However, it can serve as a good measure of a person’s creativity if you ask him to, instead, select the wrong item from the choices and see how fast he or she responds to it.

– Short answer and definition

This test does not really measure creativity because students are merely asked to write down short descriptions of a certain term. It, however, becomes a creativity gauge if they are asked to jot down the opposite meaning of the given term.

– Fluency test

Ask students to answer a question that has more than one right answer and grade them according to the uniqueness of their responses and how many alternative answers they can come up with. Test-takers may also be asked to rank their answers according to degree of correctness, in their perceptions.

TORRANCE’S THEORY ON CREATIVITY

Much has been said about Professor Emeritus E. Paul Torrance’s theory about creativity. Throughout his entire 60-year career, most of his time and efforts have been focused on developing and creating a new view into the what creativity is, deviating from the usual and standard methods of basing one’s intelligence and thinking capacity on intelligence quotients, or IQs, alone.

Creativity is a fragment on intellect, Torrance says. However, there remain a multitude of other abilities that are linked with a personal intellectual abilities. He adds that for kids and adults to be able to fully develop their creative faculties, their best talents and capacities should be recognized and encouraged, even if they deviate from the norm.

Torrance’s theory on creativity banks on the concept that increased awareness of a person’s creativity in all its possible forms is what will help people cultivate their selves. This realization is what has given birth to the building of programs for the gifted all over the world.

At first, many people thought Torrance’s proposed testing methods for creativity were impossible to execute, because a lot were arguing that creativity is something that is impossible to gauge or measure. Another argument against it was that it would be difficult to create a test that all people, regardless of age, race or background would respond to. Surprisingly, Torrance’s tests on creativity has been found to be so effective that it has already been translated to nearly 50 languages.

Torrance’s tests basically have two thrusts: figural and verbal. The verbal thrust involves students or test takers making use of their intellectual capacities to invent new uses for the most common or mundane of things, like an earphone or a piece of paper.

The proctor or test-giver will first ask the students how a particular object can be used alternatively, then their answers were scored against a given grid who values are based on flexibility or the number of categories for the response, originality or the uniqueness of the idea as opposed to the previous answers, fluency or the number of possible alternatives given, and the explanation or elaboration for each of the concepts they come up with.

More objective is the figural part of the Torrance test, which begins with the student being introduced to a simple shape or figure and then asked to relate this figure with something a little more complicated. The responses are recorded against the same criteria as the verbal thrust.

People who have been exposed to Torrance’s theory on creativity have said that the test was not intrusive and, thus, comfortable to deal with. Unlike intelligence tests, Torrance tests do not deal with questions that directly exclude other people. Its components are so carefully crafted that anybody from any kind of background will be able to relate to it without difficulty.

Dr Torrance’s theory has shed a new light into tapping people’s creative side. Parents are now able to determine how to best cultivate their kids’ capacities and talents, educators are better informed of probable strategies to enhance their students’ learning and information absorbing skills, and counselors are discovering novel methods to boost learning opportunities for their clients.