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CREATIVE THINKING v.s. CRITICAL THINKING!

Updated: Mar 24

Creativity is thinking of new ways to do things! It involves producing ideas or behaviours that are original. Therefore there are two essential components to creativity -originality and adaptiveness. A creative individual generate ideas or behaviours that are novel or unusual and these make a positive contribution to the individuals' life or the life of others.


Creative thinking is an act of making a random combination of associations that lead to breakthroughs and new discoveries, that add value to people's lives. It is a performance of an individual's attitude, knowledge, imagination and ability to evaluate interesting ideas and experiences.



Session aim:


To explore how the creative arts can be used to support mental health

recovery.


Session objectives:


  • Explore different approaches in which creative arts can be used to support recovery.

  • Explore the benefits of creative pursuits for recovery.

  • Provide an experience of using creativity in potentially beneficial ways.


WHAT 'CREATIVITY' MEANS TO YOU?



Meaning Activity/ Pathway


To provoke Films/ Paintings/Photography

Physical Dancing /Design/Fashion/ Flower arrangements/Drawings

Rhythm/Harmony Music/Dance/ Visual Arts

Trance Dreaming/ Day dreaming

Liberation Books, Art appreciation general

Energy( Heart) Mandala Art/ Zentangle/ Doodling

Expressive Painting/ drawing/Sculpture

Recovery Better life choices + Art appreciation/ Visiting galleries

Informative Infographics/Digital Design

Innovative Inventions

Vulnerability Personal Discovery

Social Relationships Making new connections



THE BENEFITS OF USING ART FOR RECOVERY:


What creativity means to you and provide an experience of using creativity in a potentially beneficial ways. The benefits of using art for recovery


  • Better or worsen communication tool

  • To see a different perspective of the worldview

  • Improve concentration

  • Improve self-esteem through achievement and participation

  • Creative pursuits

  • Ways of expression

  • Hope, Control, Opportunity

  • Empowerment

  • Inspire change and growth

  • Distraction

  • Relaxing and diverting in stressful times

  • Engender a sense of belonging in a group activity

  • Mindful and contemplative activity (flow)

  • Expression of anger

  • Art therapy ( Treatment)

  • Displacement (Sublimation)

  • Sociable( Engagement and empathy)

  • Avoiding Judgment such as self-criticism

  • Brainstorming ideas and thoughts

  • Increasing resilience

  • Not getting bored and feeling of aliveness (for me!)


Resources:


Core Arts:

https://www.corearts.co.uk/

Geoff Ashcroft Community Centre (Arts Therapies): 0207 197 1401


Idea Store Activity Directory:

https://www.ideastore.co.uk/community-information


Our Art Club (OJ Morreale)

https://www.ourartclub.com/


Creativity and Wellbeing Week

http://creativityandwellbeing.org.uk/


MIND:

https://www.mithn.org.uk/our-services/mental-health-services/connecting-communities/


Providence Row:

https://www.providencerow.org.uk/


Crisis:

https://www.crisis.org.uk/



Now it’s your turn.


Who is one of your favourite creative person in your life?

Share your thoughts, comments, and questions about your creative journey.






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