Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Why Singaporeans cannot be creative

I was reading an article recently on creativity and how to encourage it in both work and school. There was a survey conducted in 2006 by an assistant professor at the University of Washington Business School and the results are not surprising. Stress does affects our creativity.

It seems that an individual seeking maximum creativity at work will be best to embrace an in-between emotional state, neither happy-go-luckily complacent nor anxiously stressed out. The assistant professor believes that it was the presence of mixed emotions that stimulates unconventional and more creative solutions. However if someone is too focused or too wound up, the scope of their problem-solving is reduced.

Considering that Singapore prides itself in its efficiency and thus creating unnecessary stress on all of us, it's of no surprise that creativity is not our strongest point, if we base it on the research that was done in 2006. Just relieving stress apparently is not enough to encourage creativity though. Apparently, day dreaming does help in creativity. :)

You can read more about this from the article here.

1 comment:

Rhinestic said...

haha, i used to sleep it off in uni... and somehow managed to solve my problems after i woke up..

Now, i can't seem to be able to do that and i get more anxious easily!


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