Creativity and Resilience
Creativity lies at the heart of resilience. What’s resilience? Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines it as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens”. Responding to new threats and challenges with adaptive and inventive solutions is how the human brain problem-solves its way beyond those threats and challenges in order to thrive. Face it; if we only encountered the same old threats and challenges, they wouldn’t really be threats and challenges—we’d already have formulas in place for managing them. But when we’re confronted with the unfamiliar, the unthinkable, the unimaginable, we have nothing to fall back on but our ability to innovate and improvise. Your clients come to you seeking creative responses to their circumstances. If you don’t think you’re creative, how can you help others find their creativity? Maybe all you need is an update on your understanding of what creativity truly entails—and I’ve got the perfect podcast for that!
KUT’s “Two Guys on Your Head” series features Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, both professors at UT. Together they bantered creatively about creativity for seven minutes. All the jokes aside, they present a refreshing exploration of creativity that takes the subject out of art studios and brings it into the forefront of human survival. In fact, they posit that the only reason creativity has been relegated to art studios is because our race’s problem-solving skills have been successful enough to give us time for painting, drawing, and sculpting; we don’t have to outwit predators on a daily basis anymore, thanks to our creativity.
Are you ready for your creativity update? It’ll unlock the key to resilience for you and your clients. Note how the speakers have inserted a plug for developing practices that cultivate creativity. Gee, I think I’ve made the same plug before! And I’ve also consistently made a plug for understanding that the therapeutic journey is a creative process. But enough of my preaching. Hit the “play” button above, and let ‘Two Guys on Your Head” take it from here! Then innovate, improvise, and teach others how to do the same.
With appreciation for the important work you do,
Megan April 2014