Scientifically Proven Facts About Creativity That Will Surprise You

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Creativity is a highly sought after skill across all fields. While some believe that creativity is an innate quality, it is in fact an ability that can be fostered.

In Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire’s Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, the duo explored the mechanics of creativity and decoded the pattern by which it works.

Here are some surprising facts about creativity according to science:
The shower is a common place to trigger creative insights.
In a 2014 study, Kaufman found that 72% of people around the world experienced creativity and enlightenment from standing under a long, hot shower.
Creativity thrives in solitude and internal reflection.
“Constructive internal reflection”, as neuroscientists call it, is crucial to generating creative ideas, making connections, and processing information.
Trauma can breed creativity.
Trauma or loss can have a lot of impact on artistic pursuits. This ‘post-traumatic growth’ forces the brain to explore creative outlets as a method of rebuilding the victim's life, resulting in new revelations.

For more insights into creativity, read this article at Fast Company, or purchase the book at Amazon.

[via Fast Company]
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