5 Brain Training Techniques to Cultivate Your Creative Genius

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The ingenious inventor, the savvy entrepreneur, the innovative scientist, the imaginative writer… No matter what our field or area of expertise, we all seek to be more creative and innovative. We all want to be original.

Many of us regard creativity as an awe-inspiring, almost magical gift that some people are simply born with. But just as creativity can be expressed in many different ways, it can also be learned and sharpened like any other skill.

In the modern world, there is no room for the humdrum or mundane. A clever and inventive mind opens doors to success. Here are five ingenious ways you can begin training your mind to be more creative and innovative.

1. Seek to use both sides of your brain.

Don’t fall for the myth that right-brained people are more creative while left-brained people are more analytical. True creativity comes from using both sides of your brain.

The most imaginative ideas must be logical and rational in order to work. The most scientific and analytical of approaches must still be unique, thoughtful and ingenious.

Roger Sperry’s research into his split-brain hypothesis in the 1960s showed that some activities, such as spatial reasoning and appreciation of beauty, stimulate the right hemisphere of the brain, while things like analytical thinking and language stimulate the left hemisphere.

But creativity requires a whole-brained approach because it requires lateral thinking, or thinking about things in new ways. When we “think outside the box,” we devise fresh approaches to solving problems and meeting challenges.

Work to build your whole brain by using both right and left sides. Try juggling or doing origami, or just do daily activities like writing your name or brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand.

Start looking at things differently — literally — by wearing your watch upside down or using your phone upside down. Try writing backward: it worked for Leonardo da Vinci, who wrote his notes in “mirror writing.”

2. Cultivate a thirst for knowledge.

A lifelong thirst for knowledge will fuel your creativity. A thoughtful and intelligent mind demands a constant flow of information. By continually learning and growing, you feed your mind with ideas and expand your thinking. Seek to be broad-minded and open to new concepts and approaches.

This includes being willing to try different ideas and not just dismissing something you disagree with out of hand. Communication isn’t a one-way street. It means being willing to question everything, to keep yourself motivated and curious about the world around you.

Work to develop both vertical knowledge, which is a deep dive into a particular topic, and horizontal knowledge, which means having a solid amount of understanding in a wide variety of fields.

Having a broad range of knowledge in different areas will give you the background to pull new ideas from. But being deeply familiar with one area will give you the insight necessary to innovate within that field.

 

3. Explain things back to yourself.

Being creative also requires that you understand the information you have been given. It’s one thing to read a book and study a subject, but it’s another thing entirely to be able to explain that topic to someone else (or yourself). Being able to explain new knowledge shows that you have processed and internalized the information on a deeper level.

If you can explain something back to yourself, you can also expand on it, reshape it in your own unique vision or integrate your own ideas. You can follow threads of ideas and create new concepts.

To be a good explainer requires you be a good listener. After all, you can’t fully absorb and retain information if you haven’t really heard what has been said.

Get in the habit of explaining things back to yourself to further solidify knowledge. This process can also help you think through areas that may be improved, which will boost your ability to brainstorm and build on concepts.

 

4. Take breaks to “switch on” your creative side.

Have you ever been hard at work at a task that required problem-solving, feeling like you’re on a roll, only to realize later your ideas were mostly redundant and uninspired?

According to Harvard Business Review, our natural inclination is to keep working on a problem even when we aren’t making headway. When working on an idea that requires creativity, we often reach a dead end without realizing it. Research shows that it’s crucial to take breaks at regular intervals to give your mind a chance to refresh.

Set a timer, and when it goes off, switch tasks. Do something else for a while, and then return to your original task. Doing this will help you switch on your creativity and keep your problem-solving productive and innovative.

If you’re having trouble, try approaching a problem from a different perspective. It may help to work backward, starting with the solution, or to turn a problem on its head and conceptualize it from a different angle.

 

5. Let your imagination run wild.

One of the best things you can do to hone your creativity is to tap into the natural imaginativeness and ingenuity that you had as a child. We loved to play and pretend as kids. We learned how to create imaginary worlds where anything was possible. We enjoyed challenging ourselves with games and tests of skill.

Give yourself time to let your mind wander, to explore, to daydream, and then use the ideas that surface as part of your brainstorming. Challenge yourself with creative exercises, such as doodling in a sketchbook or writing flash fiction.

Keep a journal of your ideas, however fantastical or impractical they might be. Giving your mind time to dream and problem-solve is a great way to build your creative muscle.

If you cultivate a mind that is imaginative, open to all possibilities, balanced, full of knowledge and refreshed frequently, your genius and creativity will start to flourish.

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Creative vision of the World

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Creative Vision of The World

Personality Creative Vision of the World is a complex hierarchical system consisting of values and worldview attitudes, emotional position to the world, as well as the creative method, understood as a multi-level techniques and  as a tool and means of its transformation.

In the basis of  holistic creative vision is a creative interaction with  the world. This interaction  has complex, multi-level nature, which reflects universal structure of all integrative objects. This fundamental, “going-all-the-way-through” structure is reflected in a hierarchical creative attitude of the personality, which includes axiological, cognitive, affective and  behavioral components, where  the first  component is  not the highest separated level of the structure, but its basic system-forming factor,  the core and  centre of organization.
Each of these components manifests itself through the means of the appropriate pairs of opposed, complement mechanisms of creativity:

 

Table 1. System of complementary mechanisms of Creativity 

Components      Pairs of Mechanisms
Axiological Idealization  –  Problematization
Cognitive Decentration –  Simplification
Emotional Identification –  Meditation
Behavioral Self-actualization – Personification

 

These components are realized by means of the following social psychological mechanisms of creative activity:  idealization, decentration, identification  and self – actualization, and each of its mechanisms manifests itself in real creative activity in the form of concrete means, rules and techniques. The essential  condition  of creative  interaction of a personality with an external  world is the realization of a unified system of mutually connected mechanisms.

Idealization is  understood as vision, seeking and revealing  of the ideal nature of  object,  a  mental  constructions  of  its  ideal  image in which supreme values are harmoniously blended and the vital contradictions are resolved. It is creating and fulfillment of ideal plan and underlying task, generation of daring hypothesis, embodiment of pragmatic and aesthetic ideal, realization of ideal final result.
Problematization is a discovery and point thinning of vital contradictions of the object, a process of  problem finding and problem determination. It is perception and search for shortcomings, blanks, discord, asymmetry and imperfections of object.  It is  a strive for splitting of  the united object,  finding opposite features of phenomena, vision its dark sides and  “shadows”.
Decentrationmanifests itself as a process of creation different approaches toward an object, changing one’s mind and taking into account various points of view.  This mechanism represents the process of mental replacement of habitual connections by different unusual ones, deviation from traditional patterns of thinking, destruction of traditional notions, mental inertia and stereotypes overcoming. It is the process of generation various unconventional ideas and unusual images.
Simplification is understood as getting rid of all complicated, inconsequential, tangled, insignificant and confusing, as achievement of clarity and elegance of the form and at the same time depth and accuracy of the contents. It is ability to concentrate upon the essence of an object, express its complexity by means of simple and clear notions. It is capacity to choose best one combination, basing on criteria of hidden order, harmony and beauty.
Identification is realized by means of active immersion and embodiment in objects and their circumstances, blending with them and experiencing emotional resonance. By means of this mechanism, the personality is absorbed in the object of material and non-material nature, it is transformed into them and gets to know their internal impulses, circumstances and logic of development.
Meditationis alienation and feelings of isolation from the external and inner world, maintaining necessary distance from the object of interaction, impassive and fresh perception of its nature, real relationships, its harmony, beauty and symmetry. It is a vision of the world and oneself in a new way through defamilirization or making familiar things and phenomena strange.
Self-actualization is understood as a process of the most complete revelation and development of one’s personal potentials, as a productive and integrated self-realization of creative possibilities.
Mechanism of self-actualization reflects not only free and subject’s spontaneous self-expression, but its internal activity, ability to make efforts, aimed at the self-mobilization, and  highest possible realization of one’s own creative potential.
Integrated self-fulfillment involves realization of ideal designs, plans and models, spontaneous self-expression, self-unfolding, self-determination and self-assertion.
Personification is an animation and inspiration of the objects, endowing them with  human properties,  subject’s characteristics and recognition of their independence and their right to self determination and self-development.  It is letting objects to go, getting them right on free activity, letting them take its own direction. Besides this mechanism manifests itself as creation  of a self-generating and self-developing structures which independently move to an ideal goal, making an unified well-balanced system, capable  of an independent search and productive reconciliation of its contradictions.

Major stages, mechanisms and techniques of Creative Vision

Creative interaction with the world is rich not only in content,  but also in temporal structure,  which includes series of consecutive  stages: perception  and emotional  experience of objects, their analysis, comprehension and operating them.

Creative Perception of reality starts with releasing from the traditional systems  and notions, stereotypes  returning  to the primordial ignorance, to “nothing”, to origin  and source  of the world aloofness from the world is naturally replaced by insight, ecstasy a surprise at the riches and beauty the world.
The complete renunciation from one’s “Self” with its distortive internal impulses and the load of acquired knowledge gives rise to the new world, in all its cleanliness freshness and beauty.
Creative consciousness independently reduces the threshold of sensation, increases  their intensity  concentrates attention  on each of them,  simultaneously  synthesizing  them into a bright  unified image.  Activity  of the perception reveals itself in consideration the object from different  angles, it allows to notice  something new, mysterious, handsome, subtlety  and  details, predict  their future  and the ideal essence.
Creative Emotional experience.The creative perception  of reality is full of emotional experience and enjoyment of the colors, sounds and shapes of an object. As a special kind of trans-personal experience we define blending, unification with an object of perception, up to complete immersion into its space, time and essence.
Hence, the complete saturated of the peak experiencing, “assimilation” with another object, is naturally followed by the cognitive removal, impassive contemplation of its structure, harmony and beauty.
While the  creative  perception starts  with the getting rid of the stereotypes and fixations, the  creative analysis of  the reality  is caused by doubts  releasing from  the captivity of the common since, denial of traditional theoretical concepts.
Creative Thinking consists of abilities to penetrate into the essence of the object, to separate the signs and single out strong opposite and also masked but useful one’s.  At the same time, it reveals itself in free transition  to its over – and undersystems,  to understanding  causes and consequences of their activities, unfolding of temporal structures de-termination of trajectory of their development.
Volumetric and polyphonic vision of the objects  is maintained by means of creation of different approaches to their exploration application  of  various  points  of view  of professionals, dilettantes, geniuses, children, living and inanimate natural objects.
Creative analysis also implies the revelation of all contradicting systems, allocation and intensification of the main, vital elements, that determine the line of development.
Creative Comprehension of the objects and phenomena  of reality consists of the prediction  and anticipation  of their future conditions, mental creation of ideal properties and circumstances.  It also includes resacralization of the objects, acceptance of its universal value, understanding it as a necessary link in the  Universal chain of events, embodiment  of the clots of human spirit, labor and emotions in it reflecting essence of Absolute.
Creative Manipulations. Creative  interaction with the world consists not only of perception and recognition of its ideal essence  and submission  to its  main lows, but also of spontaneous,  expressive self-revelation striving to play with the essence and forms of the world a wish to break usual connections to over  come  causality  and  time  and  of  experience  its pliability and plasticity.
Creative attitude towards the world always  includes some elements of the game, risk and humor acquisition  of fantastic power ability to manipulate its objects ideals and laws. Creative personality consciously brings  an intrigue mystery  and paradox  into its attitude towards the world fills it  with problems, intensifies  conflicts,  endows the objects with the subject’s attributes and determines  the rules of the game. It revives inanimate objects reinforces and strengthens their essence fills  them with the signs  and properties of the ideal, set them in paradoxal situations, splits them into numerous constituents, creating new and useful combinations and patterns out of them.
In this case, the desire for creative manipulation of the objects of the world is based on the realization that the reality is already implicitly contains in itself its own future, that everything in nature exists only in an extremely enlarged or reduced, expanded or collapsed over time, that all is connected to everything and just the natural evolution or  deliberate experimentation with reality can arouse and build new relationships, substance and form.
The complexity, multilateral and informative riches of personality’s interaction with the world is compressed, summarized  and lined up by means of a special method, represented  in an unfolding  algorithm that   includes  a  series  of  consecutive  operations  and  directed intellectual  efforts.

Method of creative  dialogue personality with the World 

1. Creative Perception
1. Purification. Return to the beginning. Stop the time, tear all existing connections, return to the originality primordial ignorance,  to “Nothing”, emptiness and silence of the world.

2. Bright, clear and keen perception of the surrounding object’s signs.
2.1. Sounds.
a) Percept  solely sounds, absorb them and dissolve into them.
b) Single out each separate sound in turn, be able increase its intensity.
c) Apprehend new, unknown noises, space vibrations.
2.2. Colours.
a) Percept solely colours.  b) Single out each colours and be able  to increase  its intensity.  c) See the luminescence and the twinkling of the Space colours.
2.3. Smells (a,b,c).
2.4. Tastes (a,b,c).
2.5. Touch sensation (a,b,c).
2.6. Configurations (a,b,c).
2.7. Motion of the object (a,b,c).
2.8. Percept all object signs together. a) Synthesize all sensations, create unified, polyphonic image. b) Break the borderline between oneself and the world, be opened to its rhythms, feel oneself the inseparable part of it.
2.9. Surprise  and  ecstasy. Discover the world a new, give it a new and fresh look, see things around as they are.

3. Isolation and perception of the separate qualities of  object.
3.1. See solely new  qualities .
3.2. See the beauty and harmony.
3.3. Find a mystery and enigma.
3.4. Notice the subtlety, details and nuances.
4. Spatial decenration.
4.1. See the object: a) from above b) from below c) from the inside..
4.2. Percept object from the position of: a)  an small insect, b)  a huge mountain. c) any another object and subject
Percept object : a) as an insect-small, b) as a mountain-big comparing to object.
5. Temporal decentration.
a) See the object in the its past and in the future
b)   see germs of the future and traces of the past in the object.
6. The expansion of Vision
a) See the objects located in the room all together, b) See simultaneously all the events happen in the house at the moment, c)…in the town, d)…in the your country, e)…on the Earth, f)…in the Universe.
b)   See the history of the object, its origin, Culmination and completion on the “unfolded time screen”.

2.  Creative Emotional Expereance

1. Enjoying  the play of colours, sounds and shapes, the delight of the world beauty and harmony.
2. Emotional decentration. Emotional attitude towards the object: a) Love, b) Hatred, c) Indifference, d) Irony, e) “Sub specie aeternitatis”
3. Identification with the object, immersion and assimilation with it, intuitive comprehension of its unique essence.
4. Cognitive self-division from the object, holistic, simultaneous perception of object’s connections, harmony and symmetry.
5. Enjoyment of the play with the object: manipulation of its qualities and perception of its unexpected manifestations.
6. Transpersonal, peak experience of its original and exceptional value.

3.  Creative Analysis

1. Doubt the existing conceptions, be free from imposed settlement of the common sense.
2. Determine the nature of the object.
2.1.What’s its main function?
2.2. What are its main needs and goals?
2.3.What does it produce?
2.4. Simplify the object in the imagination, put aside everything secondary, unimportant. a) Express its essence in one word,  b) By symbol,  c) By a metaphor ( including that containing paradox ) d) In a formula, e) On a diagram.
3. Split the object into its constituents, define a) substantial, b) opposite, c) weak but useful
4. Comprehend the whole complex of connections and relations with other objects.
5. Define the structure of the object.
5.1.Distinguish between the structural levels. a) What is the over-system and its goal, b) What are the under-systems and their goals (determine  how  the system  transforms the matter, energy and information).
c) What is the anti-system and its goal.
5.2.Define  the temporal  structure.  a) Imagine the object in the past and in the future,  b) Define the line  of the development: the beginning, the peak  and the end.  See the point where the object is located at the present moment .
6. Semantic decentration.
6.1.Apprehend how the object is treated in different sciences: philosophy, economics, psychology, physics, mathematics, etc.
6.2.Unified, polyphonic vision of the object, creation and application of different points  of view of:  a) A genius,  b) A professional,
c) A laymen, d) A child e) An animal f)  An inanimate object.
6.3.Place the object in different imaginative paradoxical, fantastic situations.
6.4.Semantic “rotation” of the object by means of different lists of test questions.
7. Determine the main contradictions within the object between:
a) Ideal and reality,
b) Aims of system,  over system  and under system,
c) The present, the past, the future,
d) Recourses and their use,
e) Opposite signs.

4. Creative Comprehension

1. The vision of the ideal nature of the object, mental creation of its ideal image and conditions of its realization.
2. Resacralization of the object, admission of its undoubtful value.
3. Treating the object as a necessary link in the history and the ref-lection of the Absolute.
4. Blending in and assimilation with the Absolute, acquisition of the unified, cosmic  consciousness, cosmic consciousness, reception of the energy and information streams from the superior worlds.

5. Creative Manipulation And Handling

1. Free, profound and sincere self-expression and affirmation of one’s own genuine
nature, enjoyment of liberty, ability  to create,  overcome  of causality and time, reinforce the essence of objects and forthcoming  them closer to the ideal.  Dizzy  realization that “Everything is possible”  and  “Everything is achievable”.
2. Free handling with the object.


Table 2. Major Techniques of Creative Vision   
 

Space Time Content
 Idealization
1. Insert parts of the space into each
other like set of nesting dolls.
2. Go to the super-system.
3. Used the  superior higher dimension.
1. See the process as the  temporal
integrity: the beginning,
the culmination and the end.
2. Start from the end point.
Techniques:
a). Preliminary actions.
b).”Pre-planted pillows”.
1. Imagine that everything have been achieved, all contradictions resolved.
2. Start from the end point.
3. Give the object the ability to independently resolve contradictions and problems, imagine  that everything  comes true by itself like in a fairy tale.
Techniques:
a). Creation of the perfect plan;
b). “Universal Action” – object performs the functions of any other objects can be whatever you like.
Problematization
1. Giving asymmetry to the structure of the object
2. Restructuring: a whole – performs one function part – opposite.
 1. Swinging open of opposites in time: the principle of periodic action. 1. Increase and sharpening of differences.
2. Creating a collision between two harmful factors.
3. The principle of paradox, of the “explosion”, an incident and catharsis.
 Decentration        
1. Change the dimension of the object.
2. Turn the object incide.
3. Resize the object and its parts
from 0 to ∞.
 1. Watch  the object from the future and the past.
2. Turn the time back.
3. Change time of the events from time 0 to ∞.
4. The principle of “breakthrough”.
 1. Put an object in the most unexpected situations.
2. Using the transition states.
3. The principle of partial or excessive action.
4. Implement the opposite effect and anti function.
5. Change the price and basic function from 0 to ∞.
Techniques: a). do the opposite b). turn harm in favor ,
c). increase a harmful factor and  use the energy of injury
d). compensate  a one harmful factor by others.
Simplification
1. Getting rid of needless parts.
2. The “carrying out” principle.
3. Mediator’s principal – manipulation with a copy of the object.
1. The principle of “substitution expensive longevity on the cheap short-lived sequence”. 1. Deliverance from internal and external constraints.
2. Getting rid of the false assumptions and redundant information.
3. Getting rid of the usual terminology, the creation of neologisms.
Identification          
1. Take up the position of the object in space and to see other objects from its point of view.
2. Adopt  the shape and dimension of the object.
 1. Feel the object rhythm and natural frequency, enter into resonance with him. 1. Get used to object, re-embody object.
2. Using the principles of uniformity, synchronization and resonance.
Techniques: a). personal analogy
b). “Method of Little Men” – imagine oneself  like the team
of little men who become a parts of the object.
Meditation
1. Removal  from object in space. 1. Keep at a distance  from the past and future. 1. Anaxiomatization – a temporary aloofness from the problem, devaluation of problem and  conventional ways and methods  of it’s solving. Solving the problem by means of their elimination, through complete rejection of them. Solving the problem by it’s elimination, by avoiding and ignoring.
2. Cognitive exclusion and alienation from the subjective “Ego” also from the object and the relationship with him.
Self-actualization     
 1. Unfold  the  object into the separate parts and shuffle its:
a). among themselves;
b). with parts of other objects.
2. Turn form a single object in the form of another.
 1. Fragment process at the stage (periods of time) and shuffle its:
a). among themselves;
b). with the stage of other processes.
2. Turn the temporal order ant rhythm of one object into the order of another one.
1. Single out the object attributes, properties, functions and shuffle its:
a). among themselves;
b). with  the properties and functions of other objects.
2. Transform the qualities of one object into another one, to see the transition point.
3. Endow the object with senses  of other objects.
Personification
1. The minimizing of Intervention principle.
2.Principle of Non-interference.
1 Principle of Dynamization: make immovable objects or its separate parts – mobile. 1.The principle of  “wu-wei” (non-action). Eliminate the idle actions.
2. Creating such kind of a structure, which itself resolves emergent contradictions.
3. Implementation of the principles of self-service, self-correcting and independent use of resources.

The method  described  above can  serve as a form of creative self-training or meditation where the sequence  the value and  the velocity of the stages  can be changed  depending  on conditions and qualitative kinds of involved into interaction. By means of mechanisms of immersion, coagulation and  automation it appropriated  by the personality, consolidated and turned  into a steady personal  structure the creative position of the personality.
At the same time this method is the way of unified creative vision of the reality and serves as a basis for the  definition and revelation of vital contradictions of the object and presents the possibility to create different methods of solving specific life problems.

Source: https://geniusrevive.com/en/creative-vision/

1. Markov, S.L. (2011) Formuvannia tvorchogo bachennia osobystosti jak universalnyi metod aktivizacii tvorchosti [Formation of creative vision of an individual as the universal method of enhancing creativity]. In S.D. Maksimenko & L.M. Karamushka (Eds.), Actualni problemy psichologii. Vol 1. (pp. 374-380). Kyiv: Publishing House “A.C.K”.

Quotes about Inner Genius

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Egalitarian theory of Genius

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719), English essayist, poet, playwright and politician

Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; ’tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.
Mary Wortley Montagu (baptized 26 May 1689 – 21 August 1762), English poet

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
Denis Diderot (5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784), French philosopher, art critic, and writer

If you have a genius, industry will improve it; if you have none, industry will supply its place.
Sir Joshua Reynolds (16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792), English painter

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 – 24 February 1799), German scientist and satirist

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832), German poet, writer, and philosopher

Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days…What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832), German poet, writer, and philosopher

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe

And is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification.
William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827), English poet, painter, and printmaker

…it seems as if all peasants and craftsman might be elevated into artists; that is, men who love their labour for its own sake, improve it by their own plastic genius and inventive skill, and thereby cultivate their intellect, ennoble their character, and exalt and refine their pleasures.
Wilhelm von Humboldt (22 June 1767 – 8 April 1835), Prussian philosopher, philologist, diplomat

Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.
Friedrich Schlegel (10 March 1772 – 12 January 1829), German poet, literary critic, philosopher

Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius.
Friedrich Schlegel

Genius: the superhuman in man.
Victor Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885), French poet and novelist

Common sense is as rare as genius, is the basis of genius, and experience is hands and feet to every enterprise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May 1803 – 27 April 1882), American philosopher, essayist, and poet

Common sense is as rare as genius, – is the basis of genius.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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Charlize Theron – South African and American Academy Award-winning actress

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Charlize Theron

CHARLIZE THERON
(August 7, 1975, Benoni, South Africa)
Nationality: South Africa, United States
Category: Celebrities
Occupation: Actress, Producer, director, model
Specification: First African to win an Oscar for Best Actress (Monster, 2003)
Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Gender: Female
Height: 5′ 9½” (1.77 m)
Weight: 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
Measurements: 36B-24-36 (US); 91,4-61-91 сm (EU).
Her father is of French descent and her mother of German descent
French Ancestry Paternal side German Ancestry Maternal side
She became an American citizen in 2007.
Los Angeles and Malibu,, California
Domestic partner: Stuart Townsend (2001 – 2010)
Son: Jackson Theron (b.November 2011) adopted in March 2012
Her first language is Afrikaans, she has a green eyes and Danced professionally.
Has her own charity called the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project She is involved in women’s rights organizations and is a supporter of animal rights
Aword: On September 30, 2005, Theron received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Won Oscar. Another 30 wins & 32 nominations
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her portrayal of serial killer in Monster (2003)

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Pathological theory of Genius. Quotes and aphorisms.

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Pathological theory of Genius states that at the basis of geniality are all sorts of abnormalities, a variety of physical and mental health problems that are manifested in eccentric behaviour, nervousness and even mental illness and insanity.

Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish to the crowd.
I Chingn ( Classic of Changes), Chinese ancient divination text (1000–750 BC)

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Greek philosopher

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65), Roman Stoic philosopher

It is strange that all great men should have some oddness, some little grain of folly mingled with whatever genius they possess.
Moliere (15 January 1622 – 17 February 1673), French playwright and actor

Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.
Denis Diderot (5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784), French philosopher, art critic, and writer Diderot

Genius is sorrow’s child.
John Adams (October 30 1735 – July 4, 1826), American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat

I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.”
William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827), English poet, painter

Despair and Genius are too oft connected.
George Gordon Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), English poet

There is suffering in light; an excess burns. Flames is hostile to the wing. To burn and yet to fly, this is the miracle of genius”
Victor Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885), French poet, novelist, and dramatist

Men have called me mad but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence–whether much that is glorious; whether all that is profound–does not spring from disease of thought, from moods of mind exalted at the expense of general intellect.
Edgar Allen Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849), American writer, editor, and literary critic

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Robert Green Ingersoll ( (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899), American lawyer and political leader

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. Cesare Lombroso (6 November 1835 –19 October 1909), Italian criminologist and physician
A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity.
Friedrich Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900), German philosopher

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900), Irish playwright, novelist, and poet

Genius is a form of the life force that is deeply versed in illness, that both draws creatively from it and creates through it.
Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955), German novelist, short story writer

Genius sits in a glass house—but in an unbreakable one—conceiving ideas. After giving birth, it falls into madness. Stretches out its hand through the window toward the first person happening by. The demon’s claw rips, the iron fist grips. Before, you were a model, mocks the ironic voice between serrated teeth, for me, you are raw material to work on. I throw you against the glass wall, so that you remain stuck there, projected and stuck….
Paul Klee (18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940), Swiss-German artist.

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.
Antonin Artaud (4 September 1896 – 4 March 1948), French dramatist, poet, essayist, actor

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972), American pianist, composer, author and actor

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Ian Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964), English author, journalist

Madness in method, that’s genius.
Frank Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986), American science fiction writer

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), American actress and model

Crazy people who are productive are geniuses. Crazy people who are rich are eccentric. Crazy people who are neither productive nor rich are just plain crazy.
Michael J. Gelb (born 1952), author and public speaker specializing in creativity and innovation

Creation is messy. You want genius, you get madness; two sides of the same coin.
Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), American information technology entrepreneur and inventor

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Bruce Feirstein (born 1956), American screenwriter and humorist

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