Monday, November 05, 2007

The Fishbowl of Creativity

A study at Brandeis led by Whitney Ruscio observed 150 students working on art projects and concluded:

creative success typically comes from real interest, curiousity, and pleasure in the activity.

Working simply to complete an assignment more often results in quantity over quality.

Negative self-doubting thoughts inhibit the process.

Some useful predictors of a good outcome include attention to some aspects of the project, such as planning; the sense of playfulness in the artist's approach; moments of excited surprise; and changes in direction of thinking.

These findings are summarized in a review at

The conclusions are certainly a strong argument--if one were actually needed--to stick with the sometimes weird projects that draw our passion, even if others try to discourage us.


Tina Su said...

Great Post! Keep up the excellent word.

Love & Gratitude,
Think Simple. Be Decisive.
~ Productivity, Motivation & Happiness

Peggy said...

Thanks, Tina.

Nice job on "ending my relationship with coffee" on your blog. Your strategy seems quite workable.

I'm in the thrall of fast-food iced tea, partly for the caffeine and partly for the sugar.

I thought I'd knocked my "soft addictions." But I seem to have specialized.