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Breaking Through Creative Block – How the Brain Works

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– Now that we've defined creativity and we've changed a little bit of the definition and the way that we view creativity, maybe some of you were viewing it that way in the past, maybe now it's a new way of thinking about creativity being problem solving and defined creative ideas Now let's kinda go into a little bit with the science and the process that brain goes through when we're generating ideas and we're coming up with ideas

So, people, we fall into two specific areas and how science defined these is they defined these as pathways So we've got a deliberate pathway and we have a spontaneous pathway The deliberate pathway is analytical There's lots of reason behind what they're doing when your brain works that way Spontaneous is very instinctive and almost automatic

So if we wanna think of applying this and kind of thinking the types of people When we're thinking about the deliberate pathway, the deliberate pathway is very analytical thought process When that comes to mind, we think of people who are computer programmers What they're doing is they're thinking through things step by step in a very logical way And when we think about the spontaneous, these are the types of things we get ideas in the shower, they pop up when we're least expecting it

When we're thinking about the type of person that the spontaneous pathway fits is more of the artistic type personality as opposed to the computer programmer or somebody who's more logical So what happens when we're posed with a problem, the first thing that our brain needs to do and our brain craves to do is it wants to gather more information And it wants to gather all of this information so that it can start to process through a line, experiences and other past knowledge with what we've done and we do that usually by asking a lot of questions Going out doing internet searches, if we're working with a client, we're talking with a client, if we're with our loved one, we're talking with our loved one, if it's just ourselves, we're questioning ourselves so we can understand what it is that we're trying to solve We wanna get it as clear as possible

Then the next step which is really really important is we need to inherently understand what it is that we're trying to solve The technique that's used for this is to grab a pen or a pencil and just write it down Write it down onto a piece of paper and create that tactile experience, because what that's gonna do now is we put this knowledge into our brain, our brain is now working on what we've put in by reading and by speaking with people Now when we go and we write down, now we're firing off a whole other part of the brain So what we're doing by writing things down is we're increasing the amount of senses that are being used to solve this problem, thus increasing the horsepower to getting that solution

Writing down is the secret Not typing There's studies that have shown that typing is not as effective as writing things down So it's always good to have a pen, a pencil, and just write it down And as soon as you write it down, now is where the deliberate and the spontaneous pathways go to their two distinct paths

So what happens with the deliberate pathway thinker is that they just continually think about the problem and they're analyzing the problem And that's just how their brain works That's just how they get through to solutions So they're going through and they're solving these problems that are coming with the ideas that are coming to them and then they're welcoming those solutions and when the solutions come, they're writing all those solutions down So they're just kind of giving themselves a period of time, some sort of constraint to work through to come up with their solutions

Now the spontaneous thinkers, what they do is to be most affective with how our brain is working to solve these problems, is after we write it down, we go and we do something else So, be it something very, almost automatic Something repetitive Things like taking a walk, going to the gym, doing dishes, taking a shower We've all experienced those moments of "Aha!" Those AHA! moments when we're doing something that is totally unrelated to what the problem is that we were trying to solve and that idea pops into our mind

Be it when we're doing dishes, be it when we're at the gym, that's why it's so good to go to have these other experiences You can even do it when you take a nap So some people become very effective when they take a nap because once the idea is planted in our brain, it can go into now the subconscious area And the subconscious area means that we don't have to give it any energy, we're just gonna let the brain do what it does best, and that's come up with these ideas So, when those solutions come to the spontaneous thinker, just write things down

Just keep writing it down So write down all the solutions, welcome those solutions So going back to the initial circle is first we need to understand what it is that we're doing and once we understand what it is that we're doing, we write it down, it kinda gets into our brain, gets into our subconscious and if we're spontaneous thinkers, go and do something automatic If we're deliberate thinkers, we're gonna think through that problem and we're gonna give ourselves a constraint Now what's nice about these two brain pathways is everybody's got a little bit of both

So what we can do is we can learn from somebody who does deliberate pathway thinking by if we're a spontaneous pathway thinker, we give ourselves a constraint, it gives us a positive stressor that is going to have everything work a little bit more rapidly to fill in the time that we're doing And the same if you're a very deliberate thinker, and you're analytical and you're always writing things down and you're always thinking about it, maybe sometimes it's best to just get away from it and do something different, take a nap, go for a walk, do something entirely different Once those solutions come to us, now we just break those solutions down into realistic, logical, bite size pieces Anything that's complex is just a series of simple things that make up that complexity The more simple things that make up an idea, the more complex that end idea is going to be

So as long as we break it down, then we evaluate it based upon our criteria on what it is that we're trying to do And then we see if that's gonna be the ideal solution to work with And then if you start to put this into play and you start to use these tactics that I'm gonna go into and we're gonna talk to in the next couple lessons, you'll see that once you start doing this, you'll know exactly where you are in the process and then what you can do is if you get stuck, or if you get blocked, and we'll define where that block is, then you'll start to see how you can get through that and where the actual issues lie

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