“Anti” Creative Thinking Definitions–What Thinking Creatively is NOT
In art, there is a concept known as “negative space” where the artist doesn’t focus on drawing the object in front of her, but the space surrounding that object creates a silhouette of the object itself. Sometimes the best way to see something is to identify what it is NOT. The same goes for defining something that is hard to explain. Sometimes it is easier to start with what it is NOT and then define it from there.
My Anti Creativity Definition
To me, Creativity is NOT… allowing yourself to stand by, comfortable in your own narrow world-view and mindset. Creativity is NOT mindlessly accepting the information that is spoon-fed to you on a daily basis or never asking questions about the world and how it operates. Creativity is NOT rooted in ignorance or hate. Creativity is NOT about accepting the rules as they are written and assuming that they apply to you and everyone else equally. Creativity is NOT giving in to the merciless self-critical voices that plague us, constantly trying to keep us in our “place” and accept that we are not smart enough, talented enough, disciplined enough or creative enough to bring your project to life.
Other Definitions of What Creativity is Not
Here are some other definitions of what creativity is “not:”
- “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” ― Pablo Picasso
- “The opposite of creativity is cynicism.” – Esa Saarinen
- “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou
- “Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.” — Rosabeth Moss Kanter
If you missed my first post in this defining creativity series, check out: 41 Creative Thinking Definitions to Ponder and Explore.
DO IT! – Creative Thinking Exercise
- What do you think Creativity is NOT? Take 10 to 15 minutes to explore your negative space definition of creativity. If you feel so bold, post it in the comments below.