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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'.

  • 2. Inspiration: New positive experiences can be a joyous source of spontaneous potential and momentum, but can also appear as a red herring leading us down a cul-de-sac of diminishing returns or worse still get us caught in a maze of crippling wonder… Too much of a good thing can do us harm and inspiration must be understood in context. Not every new positive experience leads us towards ground breaking concepts. Sometimes inspiration can be a sign post pointing to another more important source for creativity. The INFJ has a tendency to go all in when stimulated and moved towards action, be mindful though that this is the right action. Going all in on other people’s ideas and ventures in neglect of ones own can spell the end to any burgeoning potential and erode self-esteem. Time is the saving grace that can prevent us from making rash and uncalculated decisions. We need to learn to take a step back and give space to the subconscious method. We know it’s our precious source of creativity so why circumvent that by allowing our over enthusiastic conscious minds to override that function. Our myopic vision in these surcumstances needs a broader scope to see the bigger picture. We often need time and space to collate incoming data to make proper sense of it. Time is on our side, give way to space and allow the true magic to happen.

    3. Newness: Now, after presenting that rather cautious excerpt on the dangers of being over enthusiastic let’s touch on some of the dangers of missing out on new experiences and not capitalising on potential inspiration when it arrives. The INFJ creative thrives on new stimulation, there has to be an input to produce an output, but this must be tempered. As well as becoming over stimulated, too long without incoming stimulation will start to debase ones sense of self worth. The INFJ tends to value the self through the process of ideation and production rather than the embodiment of the self in the world. At the core of our introversion is a cold and calculating logic that will hijack the whole self and present statements of fact based on the current negative situation. As the INFJ is future oriented this inward descent can result in a creative death spiral. Don’t let the catalyst become your coma. →

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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.