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In the world of psychology, Mihaly Csíkszentmihály (God knows how to spell that) is quite a famous figure. He is noted for his work in the study of creativity and fun from the eye of psychology. He is considered nowadays as one of the most widely cited psychologist especially on the fields relation to psychology and business. One of his famous theory is the 10 Paradoxes of Creative People.

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What I will try to do is to list them below and try to seize my perspective on his 10 paradoxes.

One Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.” — This one is true. The key to being creative is know when to start and when to stop at the right time, this gives your brain a pattern on when to start working and when to rest. If you imagine an athlete, one day before marathon and all he do is practice running. What will happen? He will get tired on the big day and lost his stamina during the actual race. But what if he practices constantly and know when to stop practicing in order to gain his vitality and stamina? His muscles will be able to know what its like to be under pressure and when to relax and gain the strength it needs to be under the pressure. So yes, timing is important and crucial. You can’t buy groceries at midnight can you?

Two  “Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.” — Why is being naive often considered as a bad thing while at some circumstances it is not. One of the definitions of naive taking from http://www.thefreedictionary.com is: ‘lacking worldly experience and understanding.‘ Being naive is a trigger for someone to be curious and curiosity creativity.Curiosity means: Why why and why? “Why the apple fall from the tree?” got Newton his gravity theories, while “Why can’t we see someone who is miles away?” got Daniel Gordon and Martyn Johnson their first world’s web camera. So yes, being naive is not a bad thing sometimes, especially regarding to creativity.

Three “Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.” — This paradox is stricly related to the when to start and when to stop principal. Creative people knows when to put a playful and irresposibility side to something scientific and serious. Look what Steve Job did.

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transformed into…

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Four “Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.” — This paradox shows that it’s perfectly normal to dream big. The difference between creative people and losers are that creative people know how to implement dreams into reality, how to sleep, dreams, wakes up and work while losers prefer to sleep and keeps on dreaming until they hit the floor. :p

Five Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.” — The key to being creative is know how to balance everything and put every single thing into the right proportion. You can be introvert, sitting alone catching your imagination and then be extrovert to tell the world all about it and make your imagination into reality.

Six “Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.” — If you are creative, no matter how hard you try to hide it, you will always stands out of the crowd. A creative person will always be red in a crowd of blues.

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Seven “Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.” — It doesn’t matter if it’s pink or blue, whether you’re a boy or a girl while infact gays are proven to be one of the most creative people on earth. So yes, a little bit of both adds the volume 😉

Eight “Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.” — You need to be out of line to know that you’re beyond the line, so the next time you’re near the line you will know when to stop and avoid the line. Be rebellious for once, learn from you mistakes and implement it the next time you’re facing the same problem.

Nine “Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.” — Who is the best to judge what you have done than you, the creator of it? You own critics and comments is you being honest to yourself, this way it adds the subjectiveness of your work thus you improve from being a creator to a critic as well. You work will be double the standard.

Ten “Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.” — To be open and to be sensitive is risky. What makes the ride worth the while is to know that no matter how much pain it has caused you, it eventually will stop and you will gain something out of it. Like what they say, there’s always a rainbow after the rain.

“Think outside the box” is a common expression often being related to creative people. Why? Why to think outside the box? What box? and Why outside? These are the questions that often goes thru my mind and if some of you might also wonder, I hope these answers can help you out.

“Out of the box” is an expression that describes nonconformal, creative thinking. The term is used as an adverb to describe the thinking or as an adjective to describe the ideas. The term is said to derive from a famous puzzle created by early 20th century British mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney, in which someone is asked to interconnect nine dots in a three-by-three grid by using four straight lines drawn without the pencil leaving the paper. In order to be successful, the puzzle solver has to realize that the boundries of the dot array are psychological. The only way to solve the puzzle is to extend the lines beyond the artificial boundry created by the nine dots.

The Famous Dudeney Drawings

One also thinks of the expression “boxed-in,” or having reduced choices. In the fast-paced world of information technology, employers often say they are looking for someone who “thinks out of the box.” Older, related but really different terms include blue skyfar out, and off the wall. A variation is “outside the box.”

As you might expect, the term “in the box” is sometimes used to describe conformal thinking. For example, in a recent magazine article about Mp3 and music pirating, a manager of some music groups is quoted as saying of major label recording companies who have been slow to adapt to the Internet, “They’re always thinking inside of the box.”

Any of you have any more theories on why the expression said “out of the box”, spill and share! Comments appreciated 😀

Simple & Easy

Nice, simple and easy. That’s how I like it. That’s how we all like it, right? Who likes to see things messy and complicated? Mmm.. I see no hands. So yes, keeping things nice, simple and easy is always the good thing to do, at least majority counts. Here are some things, that can make your daily life a little bit more nice, simple and easy. Little things, I must say.

 

A shortcut in the morning?

A shortcut in the morning?

 

The man purse

The man "purse"

 

Carry around weight watcher.

Carry around weight watcher.

 

Just to make it easier to handle.

Just to make it easier to handle.

 

Efficient use of space.

Efficient use of space.

 

Another efficient use of space.

Another efficient use of space.

 

Just to keep it safe.

Just to keep it safe.

 

Another way to save two three minutes of your mornings.

Another way to save two three minutes of your mornings.

 

What day again is today?

"What day again is today?"

 

So you dont forget boys.

So you don't forget boys.

 

The perfect match together, at last.

The perfect match together, at last.

 And lastly my favourite..

 

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Totally NICE, SIMPLE and EASY! 🙂

Now, what’s you idea of a nice, simple and easy product? Comments please. ^_^

Ads Addiction

The kind of ads that makes you look twice. Nice.

Some exercise?

 

 

Thirsty?

Hungry?

Insecure?

Horny?

Late? On time?

Photographic?

Or Competitive?

Hahahahaha… 😀 LOL. See, Indonesian can be creative too!

The Barcode Breakthrough

This is why Japanese are considered the most creative.

Barcodes? Ah.. come on Indonesian. It’s a barcode. Why didn’t we think of this before? 

“Why???!!!”

Oh I see.. We were quite busy. We were doing..

also..

and more frequently….

Wake up, people!

USB Attack

USB or flash memory has become one necessity of my college life. Why? Cause this little thing can carry around 1GB up to 8GB of memory in its le petite figure. This is innovation and technology, my friend.

Talking about them USBs, I just found out how cute they can really be while blogging and browsing around yesterday. These are beyond cuteness.. can’t I just have them all? (Again….)

Style em up!

Style 'em up!

 

Bear Me Inside

Bear Me Inside

 

Baggy?

Baggy?

 

Fortunate today?

Fortunate today?

 

Charge Me

Charge Me

 

Feeling Japanese?

Feeling Japanese?

 

Doggy Style-in

Doggy Style-in

 

Lego

Lego

 

Save Us Trees

Save Us Trees

 

Thumbs Up!

Thumbs Up!

And this has to be my favorite…..

Feeling Naughty?

Feeling Naughty?

 

Can you come up with more ideas on how your USB would look like? 🙂 comments please.

Quiz: Black+Blum

Dan Black and Martin Blum must be fun to work with; they run a design consultancy in London, but also sell a line of products that they designed and produced. Their approach to sustainability is to develop clever ways to use less materials, and to design and build their products to last a long time. Black met Blum at university from where they both graduated with degrees in design for industry. In the beginning funds were tight, so keeping it simple meant ‘not tooling costs’.

Black+Blum’s philosophy is to show that designed products can be made affordable without compromising their quality. The aim is to create innovative products that will charm and entertain. Their design input does not stop with the product itself. The packaging has also become part of the Black+Blum trademark. It either has a function beyond packaging or it is ultra minimal. The packaging of their wine rack for example turns into a bottle storage after its primary use. Most of their packing is made from undyed recycled cardboard. Talking about being creative and environmentalist! This is the most creative company according to me. Definitely.

Their products mostly are home appliances and decoration, but as silly as their names might be (Miss Money Penny, James the Bookend, James the Doorman, Gold Loop, etc) but the little things that B+B made has create a difference in someone’s daily life and you have no idea how cute James (the Bookend & Doorman) is… in green and orange Oh how can you resist!

 

James the Bookend   

James the Bookend

 

Jimmy Keyring Bottle Opener   

“Jimmy Keyring” Bottle Opener

 

Reading Light   

Reading Light

 

Mr & Mrs Hangup   

Mr & Mrs Hang Up

 

Loo Read for Newspaper & Toilet Paper   

“Loo Read” for Newspaper & Toilet Paper

 

Climbing Light   

“Climbing” Light

 

Salad Plant   

Salad Plant

Ahhhh… Can’t I just have them all? This is beyond IKEA for me, hee hee.. Well, everyone has their own taste but Black+Blum definitely is one of the most creative company there is. Also in addition, this is my favorite of them all……..

Kind of Magic Lamp   

“Kind of Magic” Lamp

 For more info on Black+Blum, please do visit their website www.blackblum.com.