Distraction Creativity

Distraction Creativity

My motive for writing this post is a comment that Mohammed Sultan on my recent post โ€Ideas Springsโ€. Part of his comment says โ€œThe perversity of nature is clearly demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere bread becomes hard. Exactly the same the "piles of ideas" become hard and empty if we are not creative enough to turn them into concepts and branded solutionsโ€.

The topic of strange behaviors kindled my interest. There are many strange things in life and it is from this strangeness that we arouse our wonderment and hence creativity. The world around us if full of example of strange behaviors such as those of creative and famous people, strange animals and plants behaviors, strange materials and thoughts. These strange behaviors are the niches that creative people invest in.

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One of the strange behaviors of creative people is that they distracting sounds like that of the chewing gum. Recent research attributed this the leaking sensory gating (inhibition). It is like when you slide on a hill and something distracts you. You donโ€™t then pay attention to the slide, but more to the distraction making you worry-free from the slide. Focusing on the distraction may lead to creative ideas. The stranger the distractions are, the more potential creative ideas would flow.

Back to the chewing gum example. Not only we chew gum; we chew memories, sawdust, chewing on old hate in times of peace and tobacco. Yes, there are people who chew sawdust and even fine sands. Instead of mocking at these strange behaviors they offer us an opportunity to generate creative ideas. Are you distracted by reading this? Well, then you are on a creative journey.


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We keep saying that people who keep chewing past memories have no time left to think of the future. My response is this isnโ€™t necessarily true. The distraction of the past could be the seed of great ideas. The stranger distractions are the greater creativity is possible.

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Waters in our bodies has strange behaviors. A material has just been discovered that becomes less conductive to electricity if heated contrasting established facts. This finding is opening up new fields of research to unveil the nature of this distracting strange behavior. Strangeness and creativity are intertwined. Similarly, rubber bands shrink upon heating in violation of established behaviors that materials expand on heating. We tend to consider these behaviors noises. In fact, they are the equivalent to chewing gum noise that make creative people more creative. Noises are welcome for creative people.

Just think of the strange behaviors of fractals and the huge interests they evoked on many research fronts.

The literature is rich of examples of animals and plants that have very strange behaviors. That is the subject for a future post.



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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#42
Fay Vietmeier The tradition here is that a girl lives with her family till she gets married, Yesm Sara h felt lonely as she is very closely tied to her sisters. I shall share your post with Sarah a soon as she wakes up.I agree with you if whom we love are happy their happiness spreads to us.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #40

#41
@AliAnani I appreciate your sharing about the wedding Yes ... your family tree has a new limb ... we shall see how it blossoms Was Sarah sad because her sister has begun a new life? (not sure if Satanieh was still living at home or if Sarah does) We must each sow into our own life and "blossom" ... the scent & beauty will overflow into the lives around us This came to mind: perhaps you can share it with Sarah and let her know that I send my greeting & a warm hug ;~) https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/becoming-your-best-you-and-how-the-light-helps-you-grow As always wishing God's rich wisdom & blessings upon your life & family

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
Fay Vietmeier Thank you for your very kind words. The wedding was fantastic. Lots of fun, good food and merry atmosphere. Tomorrow the newly-married couple will fly to the capital Of beBee and that is Madrid. Few days later they fly to Barbados.This is life. One cycle ends and another begins. Thank you for visiting the slide on the windmill and for your supportive appreciation. The only sad thing that happened is that my youngest daughter Sarah felt lonely and she cried upon returning home from the wedding party. Today, she is OK. I haven't forgotten the Straighten Your Cap comment. I shall be writing about it soon. Great friend you are, Fay.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #38

@AliAnani I was thinking about your beautiful family ... I'm sure Satanieh was a lovely bride She was your "princess" ... now her husband has found his "queen" ... and she her "king" Wishing for God's reign of blessings upon your family. I enjoyed the "wind of emotions" slide ... and is always the case when your "thought windmill" catches my "well-spring spirit" ... words will fall on paper ;~)

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
Fay Vietmeier My good friend- today is the big day. I thank you for your wishes. May God bless you and your family

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #36

@AliAnani That is interesting that I would call you a "windmill of thought" ... a compliment my dear professor ;~) Somethings we just need to savor As I do: well-spring-spirit I hope that you & your beautiful bride "savor" the wedding of Satanieh ... those moments written on your hearts โ€œWedding Prayerโ€ Oh how I wish โ€ฆ that I could โ€œflyโ€ In my dreams โ€ฆ I donโ€™t have to try Iโ€™d come bearing gifts Adorned "floating shipsโ€ Filled with well-wishes For your beautiful โ€œprincessโ€ Her husband is blessed To have caught such a bride May God be their Guide And nothing divide Her heart he has won His heart she has won Their life has begun Two hearts โ€ฆ become โ€œoneโ€ Wishing God's rich blessings upon their lives ... and yours my dear professor.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
Fay Vietmeier Hi Fay- responding to your comments means generating new ideas and reviving old dreams. As for distraction- yes, for the logical thinker they are distracting. However, for the creative thinker research has shown that distraction boosts creativity. This is a surprising research finding. You "accused me of "being a "You are a thinking โ€œwind millโ€ my dear Professor". I feel my head is exploding wit surprise ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ Isn't it surprising that you used the word windmill? This reminds me of my presentation on "The wind of emotions in storytelling". I use the windmill metaphor in storytelling. https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/the-wind-of-emotions-in-storytelling Your response to the comment of Mohammed Sultan is beautiful. Do we act like bread upon exposure and become harder, or do we react like like crackers upon the same exposure and soften? Same with ideas as they may harden or soften with time. I am chewing your comment.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #34

#35
@AliAnani You are a thinking โ€œwind millโ€ my dear Professor "Distraction" is like trying to swim in a pool of honey ... (that could be a sweet experience and-or very difficult) 1) โ€œstrange behaviorsโ€ abound ;~) as do โ€œstrange thoughtsโ€ ;~) 2) My first thought is that โ€œdistractionโ€ โ€ฆ disturbs โ€ฆ deters & disrupts the ability to focus (my human-opinion) From being creative โ€ฆ is just one effect This (sometimes) focus-challenged bee does NOT like to be โ€œdistractedโ€ unless I am being directed toward something more edifying or productive โ€œDistractionโ€ (like busyness & โ€œnoiseโ€) is a thief & robs people of their focus (this can be applied personally, professionally, spiritually โ€ฆ not only of creativity but of quality in relationships & productivity in work 3) As I stated to @Mohammed in โ€œIdeas Springโ€ โ€œThe perversity of nature is clearly demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere bread becomes hard. Exactly the same the "piles of ideas" become hard and empty if we are not creative enough to turn them into concepts and branded solutionsโ€ ~Mohammed Perversity of nature is also human nature โ€ฆ the life of a person will reflect good or wrong-doing โ€ฆ even to the extent of evil Some โ€œatmospheresโ€ turn hearts โ€œhardโ€ โ€ฆ That is why God admonishes: โ€œAbove everything, guard your heart for it is the well-spring of lifeโ€ 3) โ€œPiles of IDEAS that become hard & emptyโ€ โ€ฆ We all have them ;~) As time-bound creatures โ€ฆ we are found flitting from day to day and task to task โ€ฆ we do indeed get โ€œdistractedโ€ โ€ฆ the challenge is being ordered & organized & focused 4) โ€œChewing the pastโ€ โ€ฆ may be helpful if the reason is to glean lessons

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Fay Vietmeier Fay- I wonder what your thoughts are. Do you see the link to the jar of honey post that you are writing in this post? Keen to know.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

with great appreciation I thank you Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee for your resharing the buzz

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
I agree Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador and this explains why I added this example in the post.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Quite interesting and opens up new possibilities for great discussions.

Franci ๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Enlightening post Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Without distractions, we wouldn't think out of the box. Perhaps, "chewing the past" is setting one up for renewed and improved thinking.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
I have just noticed your comment Harvey Lloyd and yes,strange experiences is food for thought. Your daughters must be happy to be their father.

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #27

#28
I might add for discussions that get intense, idiomatically could be described as chewing on a bone, which follows from posts that are scrutinised from all angles show the author to be like a dog with a bone.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
John Rylance- Great example and I like it. I could extend the thoughts as I say our thoughts often "chew the fact". By this I mean we are in agreement.

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #25

A phrase I grew up with was "chewing the fat". It refers to discussing things of mutual interest with others/friends. Seems to be applicable to much of what we do in the buzzes.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
I shall do soon Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal

Proma ๐Ÿ Nautiyal

Proma ๐Ÿ Nautiyal

1 year ago #23

#23
That would be great, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee...I am looking forward to reading it.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Harvey Lloyd- in your comment you wrote ""Don't be a traffic cone". This triggered the idea of my next post. Thank you and please keep commenting you are an inspiration for new ideas.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
You know dear Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal. Your minds and hearts are so charming. This comment of yours, Proma, stands out. Yes, context and perception are two key factors and I like the way they interact and the way you explained them. Yes, in creativity we can't tell the outcome as it emerges from how we interact these factors. As ideas emerge, they shall be different from one person to another. They are not prone to planning. I appreciate greatly your kind words and I am glad the post resonates with you.

Proma ๐Ÿ Nautiyal

Proma ๐Ÿ Nautiyal

1 year ago #20

I think 2 things play a vital role in turning a distraction into a creative pursuit. They are context and perception. Understanding the context of distraction, (as in where it is coming from, in what form, is it intentional or unintentional) and our perception of it leads to the creation of something new out of the entire situation. Since no two people are the same (even if they might be telepathic twins), chances are that under the same conditions and same distraction, we might get two really different outputs from a single situation, from 2 different people. And that for me is a fantastic thing. I love the feeling that a ripple effect could create so much goodness in the form of so many different ideas! Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee you always help take my mind on a much-needed walk, thank you for that!

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Well, then Kevin I hope I am distracting yo.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Great and the hurdles are the same,,but indifferent places. I truly love this. Your comments are so "mature" that I find sometimes nothing to add except for nodding my head in approval. You explained what is commonly known as "risk appetite" in a wonderful way. I shall be returning to this comment for it deserves highlighting.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #17

#17
Risk isn't for everyone. I believe certain personality types it comes easier. But there are some caveats. One of my favorite sayings is, "Don't be a traffic cone". If you are unwilling to take the risk then allow someone who is willing to do so, do so. Its their risk to take. Encourage advise or otherwise inspire. Don't be a traffic cone in their journey of walking with strange. Strange will deivert/propel them if they listen. Secondly don't complain. If you are unwilling to stretch yourself to reach what you perceive as the top shelf, don't deny those who did. Be happy that they were able to stretch that far. I believe any personality type can be successful through balanced risk. The need for balance comes from the person, not the environment. I want to be successful, i am taking the risk and therefore i must set the schedule of time and values. If i loss control of these variables then i am taking a risk someone else has handed me. With each personality type the hurdles are the same height, just in different places. So when i hear one complaining about the hurdles to success it is them thinking that they have had special hurdles. I have heard many personality types discuss their success. The one thing absent is their belief that hurdles are different heights for different people. No they know that you just have to run the race, take your lumps of the hurdles that get you and eventually you learn the gauntlet according to your style. You are what you risk for. Be glad in it.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
The two lessons resonate with me. I just wonder what you think of people who refrain from engaging in any risk.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #15

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I speak to young people as they get to experience the 1st. in so many areas of their life. I have experienced many first and been blessed with taking away the wisdom of success and failure. First date jitters, First kiss, first driving, marriage, children finance. I have been around the horn with many challenges. ALthough wiser for the journey i do miss those first time jitters of adventuring way outside my comfort zone. I learned a valuable lesson from my two daughters in discussing my wisdom with them. I learned that i shouldn't take away the adventure by sharing all of my experiences. They needed to embrace the strange as a friend and walk with it as they found the wisdom it wanted to share.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Somehow you remind me of my teaching at a university. Two female students were also sitting next to me in the French classes in the evening. I was their professor at daytime and their peer student at night. That was a strange experience. I believe it is never too late to learn and coaches should welcome spirited people. Strange challenges is my take away from your comment.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #13

#10
I learned from that and became wiser as a coach but it helped tremendously in business. I learned that if you are engaged in risk, and learning, listen to the coach. He just might have some wisdom he can share. I also learned through business that all kinds of coaches exist. They might not have the title but if we listen while in the strangeness risk often provides, a coach always shows up.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #12

#10
I went to a college campus to receive training that would enable me to coach High School Soccer (Football everywhere else but here). A little background, i was 40 years old, not in shape and was their with all college players. It was my turn to set up and perform my submitted practice. It was to complex. The college players couldn't understand what i was trying to do within the training. So i amped up the coaching on the same thing. We got through it but it was ugly, to put in without censorship. The three college coaches came over with stern looks and asked what i thought about the practice. My immediate response was the players didn't understand....They asked if i had come to be a player or a coach? I said coach and began to bristle up. I was meeting the strangeness of less than perfect learning within the curve. One coach broke the reverie of my discontent with a hearty laugh. He informed me that i was unable to adapt and overcome. Every coach sometimes puts together a busted practice schedule. Every good coach has a back up plan that is way over simplified. He told me to much information input is a sure sign you need to get back to the point and be fundamental.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Glenn Melcher- your subtle comment reminds me of my buzz "Homogenization of Ideas" and how to make the incompatible compatible creatively: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/homogenization-of-opinions Thank you for reminding me of my own work and for opening up my mind to an idea for a forthcoming post. I wonder what Harvey Lloyd would comment. I am just curious.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Thank you Victor Alston for stopping by. You are most welcome to beBee platform.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I wonder if you could give examples of strange habits/behaviors that you may have encountered, Harvey.

Glenn Melcher

Glenn Melcher

1 year ago #8

Thank You Ali for sharing Your insight.. I believe homogenization of ideas ๐Ÿ’ก will cause structural issues for Companies large & small..

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #7

#2
That will preach.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Vert-well said Cyndi wilkins.We tend to ridicule strange behaviors and in the process miss their creativity potential. Yes, it is the sensory system and its conditions that may distract us. But it is this distraction that we need to see the unusual. WE judge things fast and lose insights accordingly. II wish I could meet with your daughter. She seems to be quite creative and a source of creativity for others.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Thank you dear Debasish Majumder for your unfailing support. Creativity is to produce ideas in the first stage. Only after then we sort out the quality of ideas. If we generate ideas and judge them then we may fall in the trap of rapid judgment and this is harmful for creativity. Good question my friend.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #4

Illuminating post Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee....Many as those who exhibit these 'strange behaviors' are often misdiagnosed with bi-polar disorders when in fact, they possess a 'heightened sensory system' that make them prime candidates for this creative genius. My daughter is one such magnificent soul and has often been shunned by others for being 'the weirdo in class' because of her hyper focus to detail...She's an 'over-doer' in many respects in that she seems never completely satisfied with her efforts being her absolute 'best she can do.' A blessing and a curse really in that she struggles with self-confidence in her abilities. Many a creative genius are their own worst critics...

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

1 year ago #3

creativity itself seems to be an abstract fashion and it may gain momentum if it help to serve the purpose of the quantity. i wonder, how many are truly bothered about quality! however, wonderful buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Extremely illuminating thoughts my friend. I fully agree with you. Strangeness involves risk and only the genuine risk-takers would see the opportunity in the risk. As there is no darkness without light; there is no strangeness risk without a lightning opportunity. Yes, we label strange things as noise and this is the real strangeness we are accustomed to. It helps us understand "our surroundings" and see the opportunity instead of being blind to it.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #1

I couldn't help but think of the word risk. Strangeness always comes while we take risk. Risks financially, in our character and stretch goals all serve to place us where strangeness exists. It is only strange because we have not experienced it before. The challenge for me is that we seem to reject what is strange. If success is in direct proportion to the risk we take, then strange should be expected and seen as an opportunity to learn about the risk we have taken. This sounds logical when you write it, but numerous young leaders see strange as failure, when it is only the reason we took the risk in the first place. I want strange. It is an opportunity for me to better understand my own surroundings and limitations. Enjoyed your thoughts this Monday morning.

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