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Creativity

Everyone has an imagination, developed or not. Everyone is capable of being creative. Everyone. Today, mere survival, though essential, is not enough!

Creative energy is implied by words like these:

  • Artistry,
  • Imagination,
  • Ingenuity,
  • Innovation
  • Inspiration,
  • Intuition
  • Invention,
  • Originality,
  • Resourcefulness.

 

Psychologically, the ability to be creative is essential to us. Consider a broad dimension of everyday life that everyone experiences, our daily exercise of Self- Protection and Growth. Or in other words, contraction and expansion. We can be as creative in self-protection (contraction) as in growth (expansion). Even the very cells of our bodies know when protection becomes our mind’s focus. Rather than remaining open and securely expanding, those intelligent cell membranes close and contract in order to protect themselves from the mind’s perceived threat. (Dr Bruce Lipton)

Even for the trillions of cells that make up our intelligent body, it is a bipolar decision: either protection or growth. By analogy, our creative energies can be focused either on protecting ourselves (vulnerability, defense), or on expansion (growing, flourishing).

SURVIVAL IS REQUIRED BEFORE GROWING CAN BE UNDERTAKEN (see Maslow’s hierarchy of needs). Where are you spending your precious energy? Our survival is necessary, but not sufficient for growth and expansion. However, we can re-assign our creative skills from emphasizing protection/vulnerability to emphasizing expanding/flourishing.

Research suggests that fewer than 20% of USA adults flourish, where flourishing is associated with attitudes that are open and invite all possibilities, rather than

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the rigidity of limits (derived from fear). The characteristics of flourishing tend to be innovative, non-repetitive, highly flexible, and dynamically stable. WE MUST INTEND TO CREATE, OR JUST SURVIVE. Intention makes a major difference in our all-important perspective. Vulnerability is a victim’s perspective, by accepting the way things are, rather than creating their own preference. Flourishing eliminates such victim mentality.

What distinguishes flourishing individuals from vulnerable individuals? Flourishing individuals maintain positive attitudes (feeling upbeat, grateful, appreciative, liking). Vulnerable individuals maintain negative attitudes (feeling hypercritical, irritable, condescending, disliking).

Positivity of attitude widens our scope of attention (perspective), broadens behavioral repertoires, increases intuition, increases creative performance. The texture of a person’s feelings can be represented by a positivity ratio, the ratio of pleasant to unpleasant sentiments. A positivity emphasis equips us with an adaptive bias to approach and explore novel objects, people or situations. This emphasis must be appropriate and genuine, and meaningfully grounded in the reality of current circumstances.

To overcome the ever-present toxicity effect of a stronger negativity emphasis, positive sentiments need to outnumber the negative by a high ratio, optimally five times the number of negative effects. The dividing line between flourishing and vulnerability is three times the negative, because the impact of negative feelings is stronger.

Higher positivity alters bodily systems, speeding recovery from cardio-vascular after-effects of negative sentiments, alters frontal brain asymmetry, and increases immune function. Positivity also predicts resilience to adversity, increase in subjective happiness, psychological development, lowered levels of cortisol in the blood, reduced inflammatory responses to stress, reduction in subsequent-day physical pain, resistance to the common cold, reductions in stroke, and even longevity.

Positivity broadens thought-action styles (expansion) like adaptation flexibility, while negativity narrows these same styles (contraction). It can be said that considering all possibilities underlies the link between positivity and flourishing.

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There is a limit at which a disintegration of flourishing begins (at a ratio of ~12 positivity, behavior patterns calcify). Inappropriate negativity is gratuitous and global, an absorbing state that comes to dominate the affective texture of life, our attitudes and perspective.

SURVIVAL IS NOT ENOUGH. EVERYONE IS CAPABLE OF EXPRESSING

CREATIVE ENERGY. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CREATIVITY IS

ASSOCIATED WITH FLOURISHING


Contact BRAIN DYNAMICS CUENCA, Dr. Kelly Randolph Bennett, or Mrs.

Charlie Romney-Brown at BrainDynamics2@gmail.com or 096 824 1884.

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