The sudden "blackout" during the active creative process
Through 5o years of working with actors, writers, composers, deigners, choreogtaphers and students I have learned to point out that when they get "stuck" and go blank, they are NOT in trouble.
At this point they are blocking (for many reasons) an impulse of important creative value. Through the activity of paying "attention" to the fear prompted by this seeming failure, and as it were, diving into it, remarkable insights are gained.
This is to say: The hidden and the fearsome aspects of the creative process can be used to enhance the process itself. This is a viable technique and not an intuitive game.
Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.
- Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
- At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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