What is creativity? Are we all “potential geniuses”?

Many of us have been steeped in the dust of creativity at some point. We have created, designed, imagined an infinity of possibilities and worlds. We have related concepts and even formed a new reality.

But, What exactly is creativity?

Creativity: how and why

Creativity is defined as the process of giving birth to something new and useful at the same time. To establish the relationship between this new environment and reality, we use our imagination.

It is common for people to conceive of creativity as an attribute or quality that they are practically born with. The “creativity of artists” is however recognized as authentic What does an artist have to develop this creative facet?

Discover the keys to the creative personality

The world around us is perceived by each of us differently. We have in our mind a personalized version of reality, that is, each of us has our own view of the world that we feel and understand, guided by our experience.

Many artists in history have been associated with some sort of psychological imbalance or disorder: Capricious, melancholy, lonely people … Sigmund Freud expressed this circumstance with the following words: “There is always a pathology which often refers to traumatic childhood experiences, An opening to the conflicts of the unconscious “.

Psychoanalysts debate the extent to which a person with one type of disorder can become a genius. For example, the case of Kim Peek illustrates how we superhuman ability in an area (If so, a prodigious ability to remember everything you perceive) may not translate into a balance of all the facets that we humans aspire to develop.

For Freud, creativity is the pinnacle of desire for artist, an openness to repressed desires and fantasies, where neurosis or psychotic personalities are part of. Instead, the psychoanalyst Ernst Kris combine creativity with ability to find new connections between ideas. A recipe composed in conjunction with conscious and unconscious thought.

Keys to understanding the creative mind

If we stop to think of writers, sculptors, masters of art and dream sellers; the vast majority share a story of their intense life, deep thoughts, the search for truth and perfection, disappointments and pain, the self-perception of a deep self with which we feel identified. There are people who tell me repeatedly that during their nightmares, in their most disheartening moment, or in their most intense moment of joy, it’s when they find the key that makes room for the idea that they are looking for, or the concept that gives a new color to the meaning of life.

Continuous research is what drives us, building bridges with our imaginations. a meaning or experience is the creative canvas that we seek to capture something inexplicable and it is the artist the wise who explains it to us, who shows us that it is possible to go beyond what we know.

August Strindberg, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Louis Wain, Wassily Kandinsky, Among other things, they take us to multiple realities taken by the hands of a creator.

Therefore, we should not exclude that creativity accompanies the evolution of our world, and that it is in our world that we have acquired our vision and our creative inspiration. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, without going any further, already warns us that each person is unique and irreplaceable and has certain skills and abilities that should not be objectified.

You don’t have to be a person with a known name to be part of the explosion of something new., Just close your eyes and get carried away, become ours genius.

Bibliographical references:

  • Implicit theories and artistic creativity of Manuela Romo (Autonomous University of Madrid). file: ///Users/Apple/Downloads/6804-6888-1-PB.PDF
  • Introduction to the psychoanalysis of art http://books.google.es/books

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