Being more creative

In academic psychology, there are two concepts of creativity:

1. an older one which sees creativity in terms of dreamlike cognition, psychoticism, ‘primary process’ thinking, and thoughts linked-by emotional-associations; and

2. a newer one which sees creativity in terms of ‘openness to experience’ – that is neophilia, novelty-generation, random permutations and combination of memorized information.

The first kind is what we’re talking about here.

The three cornerstones of creativity are:

  • Unstructured time alone: Creativity is founded on introspection.
  • Diurnal rhythm: One needs to figure out the time of the day when one is most creative, i.e. basically whether one is a lark or an owl.
  • Sleep: Sufficient sleep of high quality. Sleep is where most of creativity happens, when the subconscious mind makes its connections.

(Source: Intelligence, Personality and Genius)