Monday, October 15, 2012

Big Idea Monday- Take the Creativity Test

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
-Dr. Seuss

Are you a leftie or a rightie? Not your hand. Your brain. Are you logical, good with numbers, a critical thinker or are you good at reading emotions, have an eye for color and are able to fantasize like Dr. Seuss? Scientists believe lefties are the number crunchers, righties are the artsy types. Yes, that is a huge over simplification. If you want details, look up the work of Nobel prize winning theorist Roger Sperry. I don’t need an MRI to prove Sperry’s right brian, left brain theory or the theory that opposites attract. I see it everyday in my marriage. My husband is a certified financial planner. He arrives everywhere five minutes early and is thinking about ten to twenty to thirty year consequences. I’m the opposite, the creative one. 

Unlike the famous Torrance Creativity Test, which is time consuming and is administered by a psychologist, I found a quick, easy and free online Creativity Test. This 52-question multiple choice quiz can break down how much your using your right versus left brain. Not surprisingly, I tested 60% right brain, 40% left brain. The test also breaks down specifics like how much you use verbal reasoning, intuition, logic, fantasy or linear thinking.  The test results suggest that if you are low scoring (below 30%) in any one category, or high scoring (above 50%) that you should consider trying new approaches to sharpen lesser used skills while not being too dependent on one method of reasoning.  

If your low scoring in creativity, it is suggested that  you can pump some mental iron to spark yourself into right brain shape.  Here is a great article from Mind Tools with some mental work out ideas. Two of the ideas repeat Dr. Seuss's quote, look at things from a different perspective or start from the end and work back to the beginning.

Of course, my creative warm up includes a weekly idea quota. So for this Big Idea Monday, I have one that is sure to save money and bring people together. Why not start a holiday decorating exchange in your neighborhood? One Halloween, my neighbor borrowed a box of our leftover decorations and turned her dining room into a mad scientist laboratory. We have tons of great stuff, but my kids enjoy new themes each year, which can get expensive. Think of it as a cross between a church rummage sale and one of those clothing exchanges. People could either donate items to their neighborhood association to raise money for a neighborhood improvement project or they could exchange their decorations for different ones at the same holiday kick off event.  If you held one in the Fall, you could hit the trifecta for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Do you you have a great idea? Are you pursuing it? Sharing it?

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