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"Creativity is possible in any activity in which human intelligence is actively engaged.
The distinctive feature of human intelligence is imagination and the power of symbolic thought."
— Ken Robinson. From the book,
'Out of our minds'.

  • It’s not at all obvious to the creative in flow that this run of positive energy could potentially stall and signal trouble ahead. If we don’t take care of ourselves and protect that very thing which is most precious, the belief in ones innate ability can soon come into question. The INFJ personality type is especially vulnerable to this dilemma and I want to touch on a few key points that might be helpful when the creative process runs into difficulty.

    If you are unfamiliar with the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) and what all the odd four letter acronyms stand for then I encourage you to check out this previous post that explains in a little more detail just what this system is and how it can be used to help improve ones potential.
    So here is the first part of a list of ten issues and accompanying suggestions in no particular order to hopefully help maximise on creative production and minimise potential obstacles.

    1. Physical health: This one cannot be stressed enough. Having extraverted sensing way down at the bottom of the cognitive stack means that it’s easy to neglect the physical aspects of ones experience and forget that the body is not just a vessel to carry around our idealistic minds. We need to stay healthy and look after our bodies by eating well, exercising regularly and making sure we get a good nights sleep. That being said, it’s not always easy to stay on top of this. As an Aikido practitioner I’ve come to learn that meditation is a great way to keep the mind and body in harmonious check. There are many differing techniques and opinions on how one should meditate, but I find that getting into a comfortable sitting position that suits your body is the most important thing. Then close the eye’s and just focus on breathing naturally. It’s good to find a regular quiet time and place to do this in order to be better prepared to form a lasting habit. Meditation can be done in solitude or with others, but the main thing is to keep practising regularly without self criticism. The duration and quality is not so important. Over time the practise will improve, the experience will deepen and the benefits will manifest naturally. Meditation is an investigation of the self beyond the mind, this takes practice and patience, but definitely worth it. →

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“In Budapest, surgeons operated on printer's apprentice Gyoergyi Szabo, 17, who, brooding over the loss of a sweetheart, had set her name in type and swollowed the type.”
— Time Magazine 1936. From the book
Just My Type, by Simon Garfield.