Sttttretch Your Imagination!

Posted in: Creativity | (Français) le21 January 2012

Like an elastic, your imagination can be stretched. The difference, however, is that while elastics have limits, your imagination does not.


Imagination is important for creative thinking, but we must be careful not to remain trapped in the imaginary world. While thinking creatively, we have to stretch our imagination far and wide, like stretching an elastic. In fact, stretching our imagination is only half of our creative journey. The most important challenge in creative thinking is not how far to stretch our imagination, but rather how to drive our imaginative solutions back to the real-world problems we are facing. This is particularly true when trying to find creative solutions to a problem.


In simple geometric terms, this would be like driving from A to B, then coming back to A. If A is the real world, then B is your imaginary world. If A is your left brain, then B is your right brain.


Your thoughts have to leave your analytical left brain and travel through your creative right brain. It’s the right brain that’s responsible for analogical, metaphoric and artistic thinking. Your thoughts have to be stretched from left to right, like stretching an elastic from one end to the other.


Finding an idea in the imaginary right brain is just the start. You have to send the idea back to the analytical left brain to test if it really works. Most of the time, the idea has to travel back and forth between your left and right hemispheres until it achieves the ideal shape. Just think of an elastic that is being stretched and relaxed.


Your imagination has to be elastic to produce creative ideas. If it loses its elasticity, it would lose its creativity as well. Don’t be afraid to play with it!

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  • Lille` Mc Ghee-Queen says:

    As a published author, poet, and artist, thinking creatively comes rather easily; however, when it comes to math or technology, I feel a tremendous loss. Reading this article makes it clear how the right & left brain must effectively communicate w/each other to get the desired results.