Four Stages of the Creative Process

I enjoy the Tasty Research blog. For example, I learned: "Spontaneous trait transference is a phenomenon where people are perceived as possessing a trait that they describe in others. Telling others that your math professor is lazy will cause them to infer that you are lazy. This works the other way too ā€” describing positive attributes about your friend may ascribe you those attributes as well." Another good reason to stay positive about people and about life.

They also recently posted about the stages of the Creative Process. I’m always looking for good tips to become more creative (here’s my del.icio.us tag). I found this outline helpful:

Stages of the Creative Process

Preparation: Becomes obsessed with the problem, collects relevant data and attempts traditional approaches.

Incubation: Does not actively attempt to solve the problem, but unconsciously continues to work on it.

Taking a shower is my most common incubation step. Programming bugs seem to reveal themselves when Iā€™m lathering up in there.

Illumination: Possibilities surface to the consciousness in a vague and unpolished form.

Verification: The idea is worked into a form that can be proven and communicated to others.

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