Be Creative! Become More Childlike

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 14, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Want to enhance your creative output? Here’s 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 they’d 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 results–focusing 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 they’re more inhibited. Zabelina suggests we apply a childlike mind-set to daily living, stating, “It’s about giving yourself permission to explore and free time to play. It would not just increase your creativity–it would also motivate you to create.”

Go ahead, be a kid again and tap into your creative self!


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