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Secrets of the Creative Brain

There are countless books and movies about individuals whose skills seemed to be naturally given. This has created a misconception that creativity is simply something you have, or do not have. A recent book Great Minds and How to Grow Them has shown that there is often no such thing as a born genius or born creative.[1] In fact, much like a muscle, creativity and inventiveness can be developed. It can even be taught. All it takes is practice, and exercising those creative muscles that have often been unused and…

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How to Harness the Creative Power of Constructive Conflict

Conflict is everywhere. There always seems to be an argument about politics, religion, or generational gaps on social media and late night television. What if these disagreements could be productive?  On social media and late night television we see never-ending arguments about politics, religion, or generational gaps. What if these disagreements were productive? Conflict is necessary for creativity and development; however, it has to be constructive. America was founded on combining old ways of thinking and producing something new. The idea isn’t to compromise, but to take the different perspectives…

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Why It’s Difficult to Be Creative: An Underdeveloped Right Brain

Most of the works in the society are driven by the left-brain, which does best with linear and logical thought processes. Think about the academic settings, everything from class content to assessments of languages, maths and sciences are designed to work in a logical manner. When it comes to work, most jobs involve tasks that are procedural work and most forms of fact-checking. The performance of all these tasks executed by the left-brain are easily quantified. This has set the left-brain for better training than the right-brain. The power of the…

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