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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Does Solitude Foster Creativity

We are now living in an era where many think that the creativity arises out of the gregarious place. So are they right, does solitude even matters when it comes to creativity and if it does how can it be helpful?  Before I try to answer these questions let's understand what creativity means. Many people will tell you creativity is thinking out of the box, so what is this box. Can this box be our mind? The answer is no, we can't think out of our mind. This box represents the boundaries that we have created inside our mind as a result of our social environment and where we feel safe and abide by the 
accepted beliefs. So thinking out of the box would be to take risks and challenge the accepted belief. Creativity also arises when you weave together different sorts of ideas from diverse fields. Steve Jobs said:

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things."

Now solitude has a positive role in both the definition of creativity. When you are alone, away from the influence of group dynamics and in a peaceful environment. In solitude, one has freedom of thoughts and the constraints of others is not there. This provides a conducive environment for one to connect with one's soul. In most of the world religion, there were seekers who went into the wilderness and experienced an epiphany. Then they brought these ideas with them and helped their community.

Solitude also provides one with a peaceful environment where they can stitch together diverse thoughts and imagery and can come up with unique ideas.

Negative effect of being in a group on one's thought process:

In a group, there are high chances of one mimicking the opinions of some famous or dominant person. You tend to agree with influencing person for a variety of reasons.

Does that mean creative ideas can't be born in a group? No, different people flourish in different types of environment. For some, a group seems to provide more stimulating environment while for others spaces of silence works wonder. Also, the kind of problems such as global warming, unemployment, poverty that exists today requires constant collaboration and information sharing to be resolved. At the same time, we shouldn't forget the power of fertile solitude as there are many who wants quiet spaces to connect their eclectic thoughts and the world needs these people ideas if the strenuous problems of this world need to be minimized.




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