Creativity: abundant but suppressed!
When it comes to creativity, there's good news and very good news. The good news is that the mysteries of the creative process are finally giving way to a rigorous scientific analysis. The very good news is that, with the right skills, you can boost your own creative output by a factor of 10 or more. [...] If creativity is so accessible, what's holding back the flood? When I say to a group of a hundred people, "Please raise your hand if you consider yourself to be creative", why do only 10 hands go up? Why are corporate leaders, government officials, politicians, crime fighters, teachers, and parents all starving for new ideas? [...] First, our creative potential is virtually shut down by early schooling. [...] A kindergarten teacher told me recently, "I can't believe I get paid to have so much fun every day -- before the kids get mined". Ruined? "Well", he said, "in the first grade the kids have to work all the time. There's no more time for fun, because there's so much they've got to learn. They're not even allowed to daydream any more. It's a wonder that any of them ever grow up to be artists or inventors. In kindergarten, on the other hand, all the kids are artists and inventors"
Title: Capturing Creativity
Author: Robert Epstein Ph.D.