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The Secret of Creative Thinking and Creative Doing

Posted by psydetect on February 9, 2007

Proof of the fact that what we have been saying is true can be seen in the experiment of writers,  inventors and other creative workers. Invariably, they tell us that creative ideas are not consciously thought out by forebrain thinking, but come automatically, spotaneously, and somewhat like a bolt out of the blue, when the conscious mind has let of the problem and is engaged in thinking of something else. These creative ideas do not come willy-nilly without some preliminary consciousnes thought about the problem. All the evidence point to the conclusion that in order to receive an “inspiration” or a “hunch,” the person must think about it consciously, gather all the information he can on the subject, consider all the possible courses of action, And above all, he must have a burning desire to solve the problem. But, after he has defined the problem. But after he has defined the problem, sees in his imagination the desired end result, secured all the information and facts that he can, then additional struggling, fretting and worrying over it does not help, but seems to hinder the solution.

Ferh, the famous French scientist, said that practically all his good ideas came to him when not actively engage in work on a problem and that most of the discoveries of his contemporaries were made when they were away from their work bench, so to speak.

It is well known that when Thomas A. Edison was stymied by a problem, he would lie down and take a short nap. Charles Darwin, telling how an intuitional flash came to him suddenly, after months of conscious thinking had failed to give him the ideas he needed for The Origin Species, wrote, “I can remember the very spot in the road, whilst in my carriage, when to my joy the solution occurred to me.”

Lenox Riley Lorh, former president of the National Broadcasting Company, once wrote an article telling how ideas which had helped him in business, came to him. “Ideas, I find, come most readily when you are doing something that keeps the mind alert without putting too much strain upon it. Shaving, driving car, sawing a plank, or fishing or hunting, for instance. Or engaging with some friend in stimulating conversation. Some of my best ideas came from information picked up casually and entirely unrelated to my work.” (Anyone Can Be an Idea Man,” the American Magazine, March, 1940.)

C. G. Suits the Chief of Research at General Electric, said that nearly all the discoveries in research labaratories came as hunches during a period of relaxation, following a period of intensive thinking and fact-gathering.

Bertrand Russel said, ” I have found, for example, that, if I have to write upon some rather difficult topic, the best plan is to think about it with very great intensity- the greatest intensity of which I am capable- for a few hours or days, and at the end of that time gives orders, so to speak, that the work is proceed underground. After some months I return consciously to the topic and find that the work has been done. Before I had discovered this technique, I used to spend the interventing months worrying because I was making no progress ; I arrived at the solution none the sooner for his worry, and the intervening months were wasted, whereas now I can devote them to other pursuits,” ( Bertrand Russel, The Conquest of Happiness, New York, Liveright Publishing Corporation.)

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