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The principles of creativity (updated 25 August 2021)

From my reading on creativity, I have extracted a list of “things to do when you need to solve a problem.” Because this is a list, the items are necessarily somewhat cryptic, but they have been, or will be, all discussed here on SynTAROTis or in one of the courses being written. Here it is, in no particular order:

(Many of these posts are on SynTAROTis.)

  1. believe you are creative
  2. question the rules
  3. brainstorm solutions (brainstorming with tarot cards), Why use the cards for brainstorming?)
  4. free associate to find solutions
  5. add a stimulus to free your thinking
  6. use something random (Let the image do the talking)
  7. add something (such as a card)
  8. remove something
  9. modify something
  10. adapt something
  11. substitute something
  12. combine something
  13. connect something
  14. reverse something
  15. exaggerate something
  16. minimize something
  17. make it more abstract
  18. make it more specific
  19. set yourself some constraints (such as a deadline, resources, words)
  20. do nothing: what is the worst thing that could happen? What if I do nothing spread
  21. consider what you already know  (without letting existing knowledge stifle your creativity)
  22. immerse yourself in the problem
  23. take a break (sleep, and here)
  24. create psychological distance between yourself and the problem
  25. be motivated to solve the problem
  26. look at it from a different perspective, (Another way to look at a problem is..., What would tarot do?, This could change everything, How to be wiser when you read for yourself, Where does it go?(updated)
  27. explore neighbouring domains
  28. reframe the problem (Defining the ill-defined: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4a, Part 4b.)
  29. establish the boundaries of the problem
  30. break it into pieces
  31. freewrite about the problem (perhaps using a tarot spread as inspiration)
  32. find alternative solutions
  33. quantity over quality when brainstorming solutions (and this one)
  34. set yourself a quota ("I must come up with at least x number of ideas")
  35. defer judgement
  36. look for the positive in the situation
  37. create something new
  38. look for patterns
  39. solve the real problem
  40. solve the right problem
  41. find the essence of the problem
  42. ask questions
  43. be curious
  44. ask “why is it a problem?”
  45. ask “why?”
  46. ask “what if?”
  47. find the cause
  48. identify the challenges
  49. consider possible consequences
  50. describe the ideal future
  51. imagine you’re the idea
  52. look for the big picture
  53. solve the problem as if for someone else
  54. reflect
  55. examine your own role in the problem
  56. challenge your assumptions
  57. think analogically
  58. use your imagination
  59. let your mind wander
  60. ask an expert
  61. forget what you know (beginner's mind)
  62. keep an open mind
  63. be flexible in your thinking
  64. be playful
  65. accept failure and carry on
  66. don’t give up
  67. boost your mood
  68. take a walk (and other exercise, or at least, just move)
  69. consider nature (examples of inspiration from nature in Natural inspiration, Natural inspiration 2, Natural inspiration 3, Natural inspiration 4, Natural inspiration 5, Natural inspiration 6, Natural inspiration 7, Natural inspiration 8, Natural inspiration 9, Natural inspiration 10, Natural inspiration 11, and Natural inspiration 12.)
  70. follow a hunch
  71. use all your senses
  72. embrace ambiguity
  73. embrace paradox
  74. embrace chaos
  75. look for what is original, unique
  76. do something unconventional
  77. change your thinking, think laterally (or think in opposites)
  78. make time to be creative
  79. explore
  80. practise being creative (and this one, and this one)
  81. think independently
  82. know yourself
  83. discard your inhibitions
  84. steal ideas (legally)
  85. record your ideas
  86. try direct current stimulation (tDCS) (and here)
  87. transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation seems to work
  88. look for problems
  89. be sarcastic
  90. lie down
  91. listen to happy songs
  92. feeling awe
  93. drink tea
  94. consider magic mushrooms (and other mind-altering substances)
  95. get slightly drunk (see also Creativity round-up May 2020)
  96. drink coffee (see also Creativity round-up May 2020)
  97. when creating in a group, cooperate with other groups)
  98. get your posture right
  99. try gesturing (it works for children)
  100. play a video game (Minecraft seems best)
  101. take time to be with yourself


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