Genius technique for boosting creativity
Next time you hit a mental roadblock while plugging away at a project, try making up an inventive alter ego like a free-spirited entrepreneur or quirky artist. In a study in the journal PLOS
One, people pretended to be either “eccentric poets” or “rigid librarians” as they worked on a brainstorming task. The results? The “poets” significantly outperformed their peers in generating outside-of-the-box ideas. The authors explain that creativity isn’t a fixed trait: Everyone has the potential to be innovative, and taking on a clever persona helps you tap into your own originality.