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Creativity is a lot more accessible, and easier to improve, than these common misconceptions would imply. When you think about creativity, who do you imagine? A tortured artist, perhaps? A child without preconceived notions of the world? A group of people brainstorming, or someone who comes up with a mind-blowing idea while stoned? All of these represent myths we tell ourselves about creativity. If you’re not one of those folks, good news: Creativity is for you, too. Last year, a group of researchers surveyed people on their beliefs about creativity. They found that several incorrect beliefs were very popular. The paper states: “The findings highlight the need for better communication of evidence-based knowledge to enable more effective support for creativity.” In other words, a lot of us have convinced ourselves that creativity is for other people—when really it’s for everyone. Myth: Creativity is just for the arts Before we can talk about where to find creativity, we need to define it. There is disagreement, of course, but one way to put it is that creative ideas are both novel and judged by others to be useful. Another definition says that creativity is “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.” New ideas are certainly welcome in art, writing, and other traditionally “creative” pursuits, but creativity isn’t limited to those. When a scientist or engineer comes up with an innovative new idea, that’s creativity. When you’re […]