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#10 Is Creativity for Everyone?


Is creativity for everyone?

The above image is a popular way to illustrate the Left and Right side of the brain, where creativity generally is said to sit on the right. It's not a good idea to get carried away with this concept though, as the brain is way more complicated than a set of simple diagrams. My understanding is that new research challenges this diagram as nonsense; however, it's still a good diagram to engage people on the topic.

My personal belief is that everyone is creative, which is backed up by Kolb, whose research found that people choose to prescribe to a certain way of thinking. People may say "I deal in facts instead of using my intuition" for example. Basically, they choose to be this way; we can train ourselves to excel using either side of our brain.

I was reminded of these thoughts on Christmas when I invited my extended family to watch Mickey's Christmas Carol- a 20min cartoon adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Despite the cartoon being based on a story with a strong message, they were not interested. A cartoon to them means the film is 'childish'. I feel that they choose not to appreciate all the work that has gone in to this cartoon. First off, the cartoon is hand drawn - how can someone not be impressed by this? They don't appreciate drawing? One of my favourite parts is when the Ghost of Christmas Present (a giant) picks a street lamp out of the ground, and then uses it like a torch :-). This is a prime example that cartoons aren't confined by rules, where the torch works without power :-). I enjoy this stuff a lot as I love challenging that status quo. The accompanying sounds to the film are magic too, relying on a team of musicians to create the mood for each scene. It seems strange to me that all this work can be overlooked?

Anyway, it just reminded me that creative thinking is like a muscle, and people can choose to flex it if they want. People may not appreciate creative work, but their reasoning can't be that they are not creative - they simply choose not to engage.