Berkeley Therapy: 6 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

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What is creativity? There is no clear consensus on the exact definition amongst psychologists. The most popular definition suggests that creativity is the ability to solve problems in new and unique ways. That is a very useful skill to have in all areas of your life. Here are 5 ways to a more creative you.

1- Get Up and Move

Exercise gets the heart pumping and puts you in a positive mood. The change in mood can create more creative thoughts. Regular physical activity can boost and protect your cognitive abilities.

2- Allow Yourself to Daydream

Daydreaming is often seen as whimsical and a waste of valuable time. But, it can actually boost creativity. It relaxes your mind and helps you step outside of the box.

3- Create Some Distance

The solutions to other people’s problems can sometimes seem so obvious to you. That’s because it doesn’t affect you. So, when you create some psychological distance between you and your problem, you’re able to view it more abstractly.

You can get there from here.

4- Broaden Your View

Read a journal in a different field or take a class in something unrelated to your job. Diverse knowledge is the basis of all creative thought. Be open to new experiences and be willing to take risks.

5- Challenge Yourself

Approach your problem in a creative way by setting yourself a word count or a time limit, just to see what you can come up with within crazy restrictions. Don’t forget to have fun with it.

6- Reward Yourself

Try promising yourself a desirable treat as a reward for coming up with a creative solution. Just don’t go overboard or you might stifle your creativity and demotivate yourself.

Creativity lies within all of us. Start embracing the creative process and your imagination will thrive. Think creatively about your own creativity. Listen. Explore. Discover. Open yourself to a new state of mind.


Dr. Dan Quinn

Clinical Director - Licensed Clinical Psychologist (CA23350), Dan supervised the therapy and research of doctoral students at The Wright Institute, in Berkeley, where he has been a clinical supervisor. He has spent many years studying a multitude of therapy techniques, including relational psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, gestalt, solution-focused, and Internal Family Systems. He draws from all of them, depending upon the needs of the client at a particular point in the process. Dan was certified as a Positive Psychology coach after studying with its founder, Dr. Martin Seligman. He has 35 years of experience in the corporate arena, and was the CEO of a highly successful technology consulting firm.

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