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Creativity Comments by Winston J. Brill, Ph.D.
10/02 Creativity Comment
Many successful people claim that the secret to their success
was that they acted on their intuition. In other words, they relied on a gut feel rather than on
solid (or even, not so solid) logic.
For a long time I’ve been interested in the subject of
intuition, which is even more mysterious (“flaky”?) than
creativity. I feel,
however, that creativity and intuition are intimately connected.
In fact, I’ve examined how people who review various
fields deal with these two topics.
I have a large collection of critiques, covering areas such
as music, advertising, literature, technology, dance, chess,
sports, and art. What
I was looking for were critiques where both the words “creativity” and
“intuition” (or “creative” and “intuitive”) were used. The
result of this study showed many examples where the reviewer said
the equivalent of, “This person is creative and
I have yet to find an example where a critique notes that
someone is creative, but not intuitive; or is intuitive, but not
creative. This is my
best evidence of the close connection between creativity and
Know of any examples that break this connection?