I have always been described as creative person, but never as an imaginative person. I had always assumed that they both went hand on hand with each other. Imagination is the thought process while creativity is the production of those thoughts. You can be imaginative without being creative, if you are creative you are also imaginative.
“Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness: ecstasy.” – Rollo May
But how does someone become creative? It seems to be something you are either born with or without. To me it wasn’t something you could learn or practice long enough to become good at, such as sports or playing in instrument. Some people think that someone’s creativity can be affected by how they grow up, especially in schools. School is usually based off of right and wrong answers. Some schools have even cut art programs because they are not important enough. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have cared much for art if I hadn’t had art in school. I would have never had the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.
Scientists say that creativity stems from connection through a network of brain areas. Some people have gone through brain damage and gotten insane skills afterwards. including Derek Amato who after a concussion from jumping headfirst into a pool woke up with the urge to play the piano. An guess what he was amazing at it. It turns out he had Savant Syndrome. now he is playing shows all over the country and been featured on many television shows.
This makes me wonder if creativity is not as special as it seems. Will people be able to tweak something in their brain to become the new Picasso or Beethoven?