Self reflection: Creative thinking

When I was doing my research for my dissertation, I found a very interesting article which I believe will help us to become a better person or at least a better thinker (if we want to).

The author, Harris starts his article by saying that

Much of the thinking done in formal education emphasizes the skills of analysis–teaching students how to understand claims, follow or create a logical argument, figure out the answer, eliminate the incorrect paths and focus on the correct one. However, there is another kind of thinking, one that focuses on exploring ideas, generating possibilities, looking for many right answers rather than just one. Both of these kinds of thinking are vital to a successful working life, yet the latter one tends to be ignored until after college.

So, compare between these two trends of thinking..

If you have both, you will be successful in your life: ie get high grades in your assignment.. huhuhu.. As the author claims, we have been trained to be critical thinker, and for the creative part, many has left it aside.

So, let’s discover the brilliant potential that we might have by looking at another part of our domain.

What is creativity?

  1. An ability
  2. An attitude
  3. A process

Cretive Method:

  1. Evolution
  2. Synthesis
  3. Revolution
  4. Reapplication
  5. Changing direction

Negative attitudes that block creativity:

  1. Oh no, a problem!
  2. It can’t be done.
  3. I can’t do it. The is nothing I can do.
  4. But I’m not creative.
  5. That’s childish.
  6. What will people think?
  7. I might fail.

Myth about creative thinking and problem solving:

  1. Every problem has only one solution.
  2. The best answer/solution/method has already being found.
  3. Creative answers are complex technologically.
  4. Ideas either come or they don’t, nothing will help.

Mental blocks for creative thinking and problem solving:

  1. Prejudice
  2. Functional fixation
  3. Learned helplessness
  4. Psychological block

Positive attitudes for creativity:

  1. Curiosity

  2. Challenge
  3. Constructive discontent
  4. A believe that most problem can be solve
  5. The ability to suspend judgement and criticism
  6. Seeing good in the bad
  7. Problems lead to the improvement
  8. A problem can also be a solution
  9. Problems are interesting and emotionally acceptable

Miscellaneous good attitudes:

  1. Perseverance
  2. A flexible imagination
  3. A belief that mistakes are welcome

This is just the summary of the article. If you are interested to discover more about this you can read it here.



  1. noor said,

    September 11, 2008 at 5:53 am

    hmm hmmmm. prof should give me easier problems to be solved. random but i still need to voice it. i need sleep. badly.
    btw abepaih, yes engineer needs all of these. which i dont have.
    *gaya org tekanan*

  2. Hafiz Lazim said,

    September 12, 2008 at 1:58 am

    jange pikir…

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