Imagination and Creativity: How we lost it and How we can get it back

As a kid, we all have creative and imaginative memories. As Picasso once said, ” Everyone is born an artist”, yet what is the reason why we turn into adults that have lost all our sense of creativity and that our jobs  just require us to do a certain task, get your paycheck, and not say a word. A person usually in this environment is a person who is depressed and most likely hates his job. Remember we need to understand that we take after what we do, so that if you work/live in a gloomy place, then you will probably be gloomy yourself. Let’s stop for a moment and inquire. Why did this happen to us? Why have we lost our imagination. We first need to understand the science of creativity. The video below is a tedxtalk done by Jim Davies about the science of imagination.

In his video, Jim Davies states the main reasons why imagination’s growth gets hindered when we are kids.

1.Our Environment: It is well known that our environment has a psychological impact on our well-being. In addition, it is not only nature that entices us to imagine, but people as well. It is well known that it takes one person to shape someone’s life and that someone is usually parents and schools. From an early age, we get a sense of rigidness that is put in front of us by our parents and schools, especially in schools. We adhere to what the teachers says to do and that usually is a set of instructions that don’t allow for any imagination.  This lack of imagination in turn loses our sense of creativity in schools. Especially in America we are losing our sense of creativity. If you would like to read more about this dilemma, here is a link to an article on the subject.

The Creativity crisis

and a video

2. World Understanding:  In this second point, this is how we perceive the world. This point again is heavily influenced by nature and where we live. Davies stipulates that world understanding is ” what rules are put in place in the world”. Usually this refers back to school and how the rules at school help constrict your imagination. Schools, however,are not the only factor in restricting your imagination via World Understanding. Usually it’s the World itself that restricts you. We see examples of these countless times, where people assume that an idea is unattainable and they believe that whoever thinks like that is an idiot. Yet we have seen throughout history that people with imagination do things that are out of this world.

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The creator of a 1000 inventions

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One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

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Skydiving from Space

3.Visual Memory: When we imagine something, usually we base it on things that we have seen and give it tweaks here and there and call it our own. Yet to have a vivid imagination, we need to have a database of visual memories which we can take our inspirations from. Usually we get this from watching nature, reading books, or looking at pictures, animations, etc. This can be a restrictive agent when you don’t possess enough memory to fuel your imagination and creativity. To combat this, you need to be constantly looking at pictures or reading books or articles that stimulate your mind.

imagination-mindmap

I have now stated how we have lost imagination, but the real question that needs to be posed is how do we get imagination back? What must we do to be imaginative and creative like when we were kids? What you need to do is:

1.Have a sincere mindset: It is very important that you have a mindset in which it believes that imagination is useful and that it is truly needed by that person. In addition, when you have cleared all the rules, regulations, and restrictions that have always been placed before you when you were a kid, then you can fully unlock your potential of imagination.

2.Find a place which inspires you: This can differ between from person to person, however, it is usually on a couch, outside, the library, or even when you are taking a shower. For me, personally, I like to do my creative thinking on my desk and I especially like to have everything organized. This,again, can differ between person to person so it is you who decide where you are most imaginative because it is your imagination.

3.Have a Journal: If you want to be imaginative, then you need a place to store your ideas of imagination. In addition to having a journal, you can take it around with you and write down your thoughts at any time notice.

4. DON’T CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK: I have both bolded this and caps-sized it to make a point. When you are imaginative, people may view your imagination as interesting, or a waste. This should not bother you because it is you who is imagining, not them. It is your own unique work and you should be proud of your work.

5.Never give up:  When your are imagining something, sometimes you need to take the necessary actions to make your imagination, if possible, a reality. Yet, it is very hard to create something, so the thing that you should keep at the back of your mind is that you should never give up.

I will leave you with links to post that state how you can increase your creativity and with a quote by Albert Einstein. ”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.For Knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there will be to know and understand.”

Links:

10 Ways to Increase Imagination & Creativity

How to Develop a Powerful Imagination

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