Un-learning the Creative Process

Summary: Let’s say that you have your first broken light bulb. You examine the ceiling around it, the placeholder, the works. Then you unscrew the light bulb and see that it has blown out. The solution? You get a new light bulb. The next time a light doesn’t work, your brain will more than likely skip the preliminary steps and automatically assume that the light blew out. And, more likely than not, your brain will be right.

Is that a problem? Not necessarily.

Our brains are designed to remember steps to fix a problem or to get to a solution. We think in patterns. If we see something that fits a pattern, our brains have the fantastic ability to let us know what comes next. “Why bother thinking about it?” your brain may suggest, “we already know the answer.”