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Young People … Our Greatest Resource

Nurturing the Gift of Creativity

Here’s an interesting quote:

 “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.” Anna Freud 

I’m not certain I agree with Ms Freud in every case . I believe it is entirely possible to stifle and compress the creative capacity of a bright youngster until we discourage them from thinking altogether.

Wen Wenger, creativity specialist and author of The Einstein Factor describes a skill possessed by all creative people; they think in images, not words. (He calls this process Image Streaming; it’s the ability to think at warp speed using images that are faster than words.) Here’s a clear example where speed is a good thing, a VERY good thing. Image Streaming accounts for how some folks can arrive at answers to complex problems, yet be unable to explain the solution. Reason: to explain the solution, they have to slow down to OUR speed.

Dr. Wenger suggests that, if we must slow a creative, Image Streaming youngster down to our speed in order to understand them, we have done that child no service. We have removed precious octane from their exceptional abilities. Not good. 

What is our urgency in understanding them? Why do we need to understand something in order for it to have power and purpose? Is it a youngster’s fault if they can grasp something that we cannot? Wenger suggests that we best support these youngsters by affirming they do have creative talent and by offering ourselves as a resource to help them use it wisely and well.

 James Sutton, Psychologist   


April 9, 2007 - Posted by | Counselors, Educators, family, Parents, Self-esteem

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