Saturday, 29 Jan 2022

Torrance’s Creative Thinking Process

Torrance’s Creative Thinking Process

Torrance’s Creative Thinking Process. Every new idea we have starts with a question.

Torrance’s Creative Thinking Process. Sometimes we’re not sure of the answer to that question, and so we start exploring and researching, brainstorming and sketching before finally arriving at a solution that works. Other times we already know what kind of solution we want and it’s just about putting the pieces together in ways that feel right.

Sometimes it’s about discovering patterns within certain structures or systems to generate something totally new. And sometimes creativity is about taking an idea from one context, applying it somewhere else, and seeing what happens.

Torrance’s Creative Thinking Process. Creative thinking is a way of seeing things differently and finding new and different solutions to a problem in all sorts of places. It is a source of inspiration and invention. It gives us the confidence to do something brave, risky or unexpected.

Sometimes we have to look beyond our own world in order to find the answer we seek. Sometimes it’s about leaving things behind and moving on. Sometimes it’s about stumbling across opportunities that are obvious if you’re looking for them in the right place at the right time.

The only thing that differentiates creative thinking from creative play is that creative thinking does not lack for rules or boundaries or constraints. We think of it as a process to make a new idea, not as an exercise without output or substance. There is creative thinking that leads to creative play, and vice versa. There is no need for one to be better than the other, but we do believe there is a difference between them.

With that said, here are the 10 steps that we employ at Torrance Labs when we shift into Creative Thinking mode:

  1. Set The Stage – We need a quiet room that allows us to work uninterrupted by phones or other electronic interruptions while avoiding being distracted by pretty things like paintings on the wall or interesting books on the shelf.
  2. Get Emotionally Right – We need to be in the right frame of mind to be creative. This means not being too over-motivated, nor too bored. The right amount of motivation also means not worrying about coming up with the right solution, but instead focusing on discovering something new and different.
  3. Define The Challenge – The more specific you can be about the challenge you’re trying to solve, the better your chances of finding a useful solution. We find that it’s best to define our problem as a question: “How do I…” or “What if I…” are good examples of a question you might be able to translate into something useful in your own project or life endeavor.

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