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Silencing the inner critic

Interesting article from Seed Magazine about how creativity is all about silencing the inner critic, that little part of your brain that tells you when to not blurt that mean thought out loud, but also tells you your new ideas aren’t very good in general.

One study mentioned in the article found that the brain literally turns off parts of the brain when we are trying to create new things out of thin air.

The other study found that musicians put brand new music together using the same part of the brain a writer puts together a new sentence; so there is structure, just not in the way we think.

Very interesting article all around.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.