Introduction to Creative Thinking
Robert Harris

What is Creativity?
An Ability. A simple definition is that creativity is the ability to imagine or invent something new. As we will see below, creativity is not the ability to create out of nothing (only God can do that), but the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas. Some creative ideas are astonishing and brilliant, while others are just simple, good, practical ideas that no one seems to have thought of yet.
The author also says that creativity is:
–An Attitude.
–A Process.

Creative Methods:
–Changing Direction

Negative Attitudes That Block Creativity
1. Oh no, a problem!
2. It can’t be done.
3. I can’t do it. Or There’s nothing I can do.
4. But I’m not creative.
5. That’s childish.
6. What will people think?
7. I might fail.

Myths about Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
1. Every problem has only one solution (or one right answer).
2. The best answer/solution/method has already been found.
3. Creative answers are complex technologically.
4. Ideas either come or they don’t. Nothing will help.

Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
1. Prejudice.
2. Functional fixation.
3. Learned helplessness.
4. Psychological blocks.

Positive Attitudes for Creativity
1. Curiosity.
2. Challenge.
3. Constructive discontent.
4. A belief that most problems can be solved.
5. The ability to suspend judgment and criticism.
6. Seeing the good in mistakes


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