Is There Such a Thing as ‘Naturally Creative’? – Chase Jarvis Photography
Are some people just born creative, or is creativity something that can be learned? Check this out: in 1968, George Land developed a creativity test for NASA to help them select innovative engineers and scientists. He then used the same test to assess the creativity of 1,600 Head Start program kids, and tested them again at ages 10 and 15. The results? Among 5-year-olds, 98% showed high levels of creativity. But by age 15, that number had dropped to just 12%. And among adults? Only 2% scored as highly creative. But here’s the kicker: George Land discovered that it wasn’t creativity that was a learned behavior, but non-creative. Let that sink in. We are all creative. Picasso famously said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”. So, what happens to our creativity? Many of us struggle with feeling like we are not creative or that we lack creative talent. Often, this is due to the messages we received about our abilities and creativity when we were younger. These messages can come from parents, teachers, peers, or even from society as a whole. They can be subtle or overt, but their effects can […]
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