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The Joys of Mental Sex: Lession One

November 23, 2009

Wishing you an early Merry Christmas and welcome to The Joys of Mental Sex!

Let’s start with an outline so you’ll know what to expect. During the next few weeks, we’ll cover:

I.            Bashing Myths that Stifle Creative Flow

II.         Generative Theory of Creative Flow

III.       Strategies for Enhancing Creativity

  • Capturing
  • Challenging
  • Broadening
  • Surrounding
  • Catharsis
  • The Imaginative Phase

IV.        The Creative Process & the Flow Army

  • The Scout
  • The Strategist
  • The Commander
  • The Soldier

V.           Mental Barriers We Need to Unlearn

  • The Right Answer
  • That’s not logical.
  • Follow the rules.
  • Be practical.
  • Play is frivolous.
  • That’s not my area.
  • Don’t be foolish.
  • Avoid ambiguity.
  • To err is wrong.
  • I’m not creative.

VI.        Tips

 Psychological studies have shown that a few things can produce a “rush” similar to sexual ecstasy. Among them, we’ll rule out consideration of illegal and controlled substances. Poe and others may have used opium to create, but it’s unhealthy and not in our best interest. And drugs just aren’t worth the consequences. The release of endorphins experience by athletes has cause similar physical responses in the human body. Are all of you ready for a ten K run? Not me.

The surprise discovered by the investigators on the original and others in subsequent studies was the response experienced by composers, writers and other artists after successful bouts of creativity. In fact, the study revealed a closer bodily response in this group than in athletes. Thus the title of this course.

So let’s start off with a simple exercise or mental sex test. I’ll be curious to see any answers you choose to post and will tell you the significance of them later.

Mental Sex Test

  1. When was the last time you came up with a creative idea?

 This morning

 Yesterday

 Last week

 Last month

 Last year

2. What was it?

3. What motivates you to be creative?

Have a wonderful day and happy reading/writing!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 11:03 pm

    I admit I’m not surprised to see no comments on the Mental Sex Test from writers. People in what are known as artistic professions always have more trouble answering than other groups. There are basically three groups sorted out when answering this question.
    1. The I’m-not-creative group will generally give no answer at all because they see nothing they do as creative.
    2. Artistic group will either provide no answer or will provide an answer only as it relates to their craft.
    3. The Business/Professionals in non-Artistic jobs group generally provide the most answers and will refer to something as minor as changing the placement of toothpaste in the bathroom in order to increase their morning productivity. They will generally relate creativity to all phases of life and pursuits whereas most (not all) artistic professionals relate creativity strictly to their craft.

  2. November 24, 2009 7:27 am

    Hi Mary! Great post 🙂

    So here are my answers:

    1. This morning.
    2. Story idea
    3. Life in general gives me ideas. Conversation with my hubby, then a song on the radio, then making breakfast and burning my eye with bacon grease, etc… lol


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