How do you develop your creativity?
As much as you want to or need to be creative, sometimes, there’s something that seems to block it. And one common barrier to creativity is this condition called fixedness.
Fixedness is something we all have. We can’t get rid of it. But when you want to be creative, you have to find a way to break it.
You probably imagine a dry erase marker in a straight, white, round tube. You know what it would feel like to hold in your hand. And that’s your structural fixedness kicking in. But dry erase markers don’t have to be straight. It’s just hard to imagine that because we don’t normally want to think of dry erase markers having a different structure than what we’re used to.
Imagine you’re drawing at the top of the board with a dry erase marker and it changes its color as you get to different sections of the board.
Using the Systematic Inventive Thinking or SIT method, there are five techniques you can use to break fixedness:
Breaking Functional Fixedness
Breaking Structural Fixedness
Breaking relational fixedness
To hear more about breaking the barriers to creative thinking, listen to the full podcast episode here: Episode 008: Fixedness: Your Main Barrier to Creative Thinking.