8th April 2012

“Before we can find the answer – before we probably even know the question – we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach. It’s often only at this point, after we’ve stopped searching for the answer, that the answer arrives. All of a sudden, the answer to the problem that seemed so daunting becomes incredibly obvious.”

Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works

This quote is taken from an article I read today in The Guardian which was very interesting in the way it spoke about how and from where our ideas, creativity and solutions to our problems stem – from the perspective of neuroscience. Often you find yourself so incredibly frustrated with a problem or situation that seems unsolvable, and I have found that it is only once you have forgotten about the issue that an answer becomes clear (a bit like trying to work out where you put something that you can’t find!)



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