“Creativity is fashionable these days,” Piirto said in Chapter 2 of Understanding Creativity. Part of me wants to believe that with the amount of adult coloring books and DIY videos and Pinterest pins that bombard my millennial existence. But all of these so-called creative things seem to just be one way solutions to problems such as stress or not spending money at Anthropologie on a stick and yarn mobile.
This sort of popular “creativity” is more along the lines of convergent thinking. Convergent intellect is based off of known rights and wrongs and is a tad more routine. With convergent thinking you don’t really veer off the path of what already exists and is known. This kind of smarts is what helps you work on a math problem because there has to be singular solution and their are set ways you can go about to get there.
Creativity can really bloom through divergent thinking. This kind of thinking makes you separate from any existing norms and you have to conceptualize without knowing if there is a definite solution or not. This kind of thinking is never something I, um, thought about before. But, now being aware of it makes me realize how important that this is included as a kind of thinking that plays into the creative process.
Creativity to me always seemed like it was an “ah ha!” moment and then that was it. But Piirto discusses how sometimes you have to create the environment for creative thinking to become more apparent in your daily life. Piirto suggests creativity rituals, which sounded counterintuitive to me, but they can help create a personal and comfortable space that allows your mind to wander and feel at ease. I’m someone who thrives on routine and I tend to wake up at the same time each day no matter if my class is a bit later. Doing so helps me feel at ease for the day to come.
When it comes down to it, creativity isn’t some brick wall that you have only certain paths to get past it. It’s all about finding a place within yourself in which you can explore all the options, more than just climbing over it. You have to knock that wall down sometimes.