Be Creative! Become More Childlike
Want to enhance your creative output? Heres one idea
Researchers Darya Zabelina and Michael Robinson, of North Dakota State University, wanted to test the theory of adults enhanced creativity being boosted by tapping into their childlike mind-set.
College students divided into two groups were asked to write about what theyd do if they had a day off from school. The first group wrote as their present day selves and the second group as their 7 year-old selves. Boring was how the first set of papers were described written as their present day adult selves, mainly writing about catching up on sleep or school work. But the second group, writing in their 7 year-old selves, produced more interesting resultsfocusing on playing with friends or buying the biggest lollipops they could find.
Afterward, the second group performed well on a test of creativity. And introverts felt thinking like a child helped them the most, since theyre more inhibited. Zabelina suggests we apply a childlike mind-set to daily living, stating, Its about giving yourself permission to explore and free time to play. It would not just increase your creativityit would also motivate you to create.
Go ahead, be a kid again and tap into your creative self!
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