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skepticism unblocks creativity

By audhill | September 23, 2007

Never underestimate the power of belief, faith and certainty to put the complete cabosh on creativity.

Huh? Faith… isn’t that what we’re all seeking? Well…. maybe not. Here’s a great article from LifeHack that promotes the idea that skepticism and critical faculties have more benefits than certainty. He makes the good argument that faith and certainty can interfere with creativity, ability to see error, adaptation to change. It can encourage you to ignore facts that contradict your beliefs, refuse to look at alternate points of view, undermine a healthy sense of your own fallibility and keep you from finding flaws in your understanding. Okay… I think I get it. Maybe it’s the beginner’s mind I want, always questioning, always seeking… rather than the middleweight mind of she who thinks she has all the answers.

Whew! Permission to be uncertain. I feel better already. Eradicate some other mental blocks to creativity with this list by Copyblogger.

Topics: living, personal | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “skepticism unblocks creativity”

  1. ken Says:
    September 28th, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for leading me (and others) to Copyblogger (not in the mood to insert snazzy html to create a link…forgive me blog, for I have sinned).

    Permission to be uncertain is something akin to one of my more unrealistic life goals: to sit in my car, idling in neutral, in the middle of an intersection, with all traffic lights suspended on red.

    I work with my seniors on crafting personal narratives, many topics coming directly from their college essays. They are, as the article on Copyblogger attests, too darn serious.

    I’ve tried quite a bit to unlock their inner voice, but perhaps I should just follow some Matix-esque advice and work on spoon-bending with them.

    Like your blog. You have a fan. Seriously, I have a large foam finger.

  2. audrey Says:
    September 28th, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks, Ken. I really appreciate the support. I think I might try that sitting in traffic, because it seems to me that the lights are always suspended on red where I live (especially when I’m cutting in close in the mornings)

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