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Creativity Triggers for College Students by Edward Glassman Ph.D.
Anti-Creativity Forces vs Creativity Triggers : Page 2 of 2

Anti-Creativity Forces vs Creativity Triggers

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5. CREATIVITY TRIGGER: Enjoying and welcoming bizarre ideas as triggers to better ideas.

ANTI-CREATIVITY FORCE: Avoiding and squelching the use of bizarre trigger ideas.

Taking 100% responsibility to create a climate conducive to creative effort.

ANTI-CREATIVITY FORCE: Taking no responsibility for a creative climate.

Learn and use the 8 rung problem-solving ladder to attack problems creatively.

ANTI-CREATIVITY FORCE: Avoid & ignore systematic approaches to think creatively and to solve problems creatively.

8. CREATIVITY TRIGGER: Seek many alternatives to avoid the quick fix.

ANTI-CREATIVITY FORCE: Jump right into the quick fix by selecting the first adequate idea.

9. CREATIVITY TRIGGER: Listen to and get inspired by other people's ideas.

ANTI-CREATIVITY FORCE: Stay away from other people.

10. CREATIVITY TRIGGER: Forced-withdrawal, seeing things through a fresh perspective.

ANTI-CREATIVITY FORCE: Staying sharply focused and avoid different paradigms and points of view.

11. CREATIVITY TRIGGER: Spend time incubating the problem and thinking about it.

ANTI-CREATIVITY FORCE: No time allotted for incubation & thinking.

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How can you defeat your anti-creativity forces?

1. One way you can slip out of this difficulty utilizes the 8 rung problem-solving ladder described in my book, and allows the sequence to lead you to a solution that works for you. Thus, creativity triggers can provide their own mechanism to win against your anti-creativity forces.

2. Perhaps you could read my book and take note where you aid your anti-creativity forces with your own mind-ruts, and thus help them triumph. Instead, affirm your intention to use the creativity triggers more often and on more problems.

3. Make the creative process a daily, on-going habit. Combine old ideas into new creative combinations. •

© 2011 by Edward Glassman. All rights reserved.

Edward Glassman, PhDEdward Glassman, PhD was the President of the Creativity College®, a division of Leadership Consulting Services, Inc., and Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he headed the Program For Team Effectiveness And Creativity. More »