Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The hold of creativity

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discusses creativity, fulfillment, and flow in this following video:

In it, he tries to describe the paranormal feeling felt in midst of being creativity - basically, that the mind is so focused that it leaves no room in the mind for the monitoring of self or other distractions. He also lists seven attributes of being in creative "flow":

  1. focused and concentrated
  2. a sense of estacy
  3. great inner clarity
  4. knowing that it can be done
  5. a sense of serenity
  6. timelessness
  7. the process is its own reward

A perfect example of being in creative flow is Adam Savage's talk about his creative obsessions:

If the humor is not enough, it is an incredible example on how creative people need research and knowledge to feed their creativity.

And as he says: "Achieving the end of the exercise was never the point of the exercise to begin with."

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