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Dimensions of Creativity

By Peter Shepherd

One can approach tasks in one's life in a positive, creative manner or in an ineffectual, at worst destructive manner. These are the various dimensions involved. They're a good way of assessing where a person is at.

Challenge
In response to a challenge, the creative person will approach it energetically and with enjoyment. In the same situation a negative person will feel alienated and approach it with indifference - or even with hostility or fear, considering it a threatening problem.

Freedom
A creative person prefers to be independent and is happy to take initiatives and give voice to ideas. A more ineffectual person tends to be passive and rule-bound, questioning little.

Liveliness
If someone's excitedly busy, happy and humorous they're probably being creative, or at least productive; if they're boringly slow, serious and dull, it's unlikely.

Openness
Someone with a positive mentality tends to be trusting and considers mistakes as something to learn from. A negative person tends to be suspicious and considers failure as deserving of punishment.

Conflicts
When conflicts arise, a positive, creative person will look for a helpful win-win compromise, which requires willingness to communicate with understanding and empathy. A negative mentality loves being critical, won't listen and the result is worsened conflict or even outright warfare.

Risk taking
A positive, creative person takes responsibility readily and doesn't hesitate to risk acting on new ideas. A more negative person is fear-driven, tending to make cautious, safe decisions, fusses about the details, and is content to be committtee-bound, thus avoiding responsibility.

Creative people: employ them, promote them, go into business with them, make friends with them, if you get the chance marry one. Destructive people, don't!

Peter Shepherd is the founder and producer of the Trans4mind personal development website and author of 'Daring to be Yourself.' He edits and publishes the Inspiring Quotes of the Week Plus and with a team of colleagues has recently launched the amazing Trans4mind Personal Development Training. Get in touch with Peter here.

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