Do people fear creativity? 3


The answer is YES. We repress imagination/fantasy because of our fears associated with the unconscious, which is that mysterious space that we have been conditioned to avoid. We know this because PLAY and fantasy make people uncomfortable. One of the reasons is that ego-consciousness is afraid of what personal and collective unconscious content may project into the party. We fear TRUTH.

Jung views emotional dysfunction as most often a problem of psychological one-sidedness, usually initiated by an over-valuing of the conscious ego viewpoint. As a natural compensation to such a one-sided position, an equally strong counter-position automatically forms in the unconscious. The likely result is an inner condition of tension, conflict and discord. Jung used the term ’emotionally toned complex’ to describe the unconscious counter position: … ‘complexes can have us’ (Jung 1934, par.200).

I add this post to make a point: If someone had to present you with a special KEY to unlock your creativity, but said that it would wake up transformational archetypes, you’d probably refuse it. You have your reasons.

So the question we must ask, is how can we develop creativity skills without taking the psychological implications into account? With humanity staring into the abyss it becomes critical that we try use our creative potential to survive global warming. It is no small thing that we must balance our thinking [Left & Right modes] to evolve to a higher level of consciousness. I wonder what the probability estimate for us turning things around in time? It must be very low.

Green technology, green jobs, green skills. Strange to think of them as survival skills.

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3 thoughts on “Do people fear creativity?

  • Miro Bagrov

    In essence one strategy (#2) is to ingnore all irrelevant and negative thinking patterns to unleash creativity. The removal of worry also fits in here. The mind is engineered to “shut off” creativity in times of stress and worry which is common in city work.
    So by double-mindedness I refer to self-contradiction and the removal of doubt. After doubt and self-contradictions are forced away, then what is left is the ability to focus on the task or idea at hand without self-interruption. In other words we need to be at peace.
    I am a believer that all people are given the ability to become “genius”, it is all a matter of unleashing their creativity to the fullest – that is what is missing. The aim of the strategies is to unlock the mind.
    To raise our levels of consciousness we need to increase our understanding – this is a function of knowledge.
    To push our limits, we need to sometimes change our surroundings. That I called Strategy #1. Immagine hypothetically, throwing a city dweller in the desert. At that point he will realise that all the petty things that work in the city will not save him in this new environment. He will no longer feel safe. At that moment the pettyness of things becomes appearant and understanding is increased and so is consciousness. This person who had never thought of such things must devise new ways to survive and that forces him to be creative. This is the principle in basic terms. However we do not need to throw people in the desert, simply visiting a new company or a new home exposes us to new ideas and new ways of thinking – these ideas form the basis of creativity, while the simultaneous removal of comfort zones allows us to accept them.
    I agree that many people are not interested in this – infact how many people do you know who wake up every morning saying, “Today I will increase my understanding and my creativity”?

  • Anthony Kreiner Post author

    To add to your points 1 & 3: The techno-devices that are designed to enhance our personal power are in fact reducing it. A reduction of personal power creates anxiety and a cycle that slowly kills intelligence and development. JC Pearce refers to anxiety as a state of mind that feeds itself, and that isn’t made of thought, but influences thought. He says it is like a contagion that creates unease and even guilt. He claims that ‘the dominance of left-hemisphere thinking may result then, not from its inherent superiority, but from the anxiety and powerlessness this one-sided mental action produces’.
    Maslow made an interesting claim that most of us suffer from a “Jonah complex”, which is to say that we are afraid to develop our real potentials as in “fear of one’s greatness” or “evasion of one’s destiny”.
    Staying creative may be a problem because of the gap between genius and ordinary. The common denominator is ordinary, and the creative energy to close the gap relates to passion, daring, tenacity, and pushing the limits etc. Most people know they lack genius. They also have little desire to find out what their real potential is, for this would mean working to move beyond the ordinary.
    Not sure that I understand point 2: on avoiding double mindedness. Pearce states that social control perpetuates anxiety over the unknown. I agree with him that creative people see chaos as their raw material, and do not experience anxiety within the process. Would double-mindedness not refer to whole-brain thinking, the desired balance between two minds [left & right]? Is confusion not a conscious state? What if creativity also means to raise order into awareness, clearing the perception of chaos [Bohm’s implicate into explicate]? The idea of avoiding confusion sounds like a regression to a linear process. What of the middle way? And is confusion not simply caused by the chatter in our heads? Is confusion and understanding the same thing? As to ways of thinking … that will be for another post. Thx

  • Miro Bagrov

    I believe that this is the case with most people. Some strategies can be adopted to make sure we stay creative.

    1) Constantly destroying and escaping comfort zones.
    This because comfort zones stop our desire for new things – the comfort zone (which our minds naturally seek is actually a form of mental lazyness. One way of challenging comfort zones is to change your environment.
    2) Avoiding double mindedness.
    We must stick strongly to one idea at a time with no foot in the middle, otherwise confusion is caused.
    3) Constantly Learning.
    New information creates new dynamics in our way of thinking. This alows us to see the world through new and different prespectives.