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The Ten Commandments That Block Creativity

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Path in Brittany by Anna Brones

My mother sent me a photo of a typewritten piece of paper this week. It’s a list, titled The Ten Commandments That Block Creativity. Actually it’s written in all caps, since whoever wrote it down thought it was very important.

I assumed she sent it as a push towards creative inspiration as I plugged through deadlines. Deadlines which I am procrastinating on right now by writing this. Mothers are good like that.

The list is credited to Stanley Krippner, and I don’t know where he published the original, but I did see it made an appearance in the 1973 book Child Development and Learning.

In his commandments, Krippner was writing specifically on children, and the cultural norms at play that hamper their creativity from an early age. But I think that as adults, particularly in a creative field, we can find truth in these.

The full list of the commandments goes into detail on each one of them, but I think that they stand for themselves.

The Ten Commandments That Block Creativity

by Stanley Krippner, PhD

1. Everything Thou Doest Must Be Useful

2. Everything that Thou Doest Must Be Successful.

3. Everything Thou Doest Must Be Perfect.

4. Everyone Thou Knowest Must Like Thee.

5. Thou Shalt Not Prefer Solitude to Togetherness

6. Remember Concentrated Attention and Keep it Holy.

7. Thou Shalt Not Diverge From Culturally-Imposed Sex Norms.

8. Thou Shalt Not Express Excessive Emotional Feeling.

9. Thou Shalt Not Be Ambiguous.

10. Thou Shalt Not Rock The Cultural Boat.

So here’s to rocking cultural boats, learning to not be perfect and reminding ourselves that not all we do has to be a success.

Written by Anna Brones

April 14, 2015 at 16:32

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  1. Reblogged this on Attasante4u's Blog and commented:
    sure read


    April 14, 2015 at 16:35

  2. truism pal


    April 14, 2015 at 16:35

  3. Reblogged this on Ernest Phillip Henry Clay Yates Kehoe Head Cordell and commented:
    I need to remember to share this with my friend Roger — we’ve been discussing subjects on this theme lately, after having traversed the gamut of productivity improvement measures.


    June 6, 2015 at 19:51

  4. As I age, I realise I have much to impart on such issues, because, while there is much written on things that should (or should not) be done, there are few instructions on how this can be accomplished. As well as not a subject to be covered here, it is not a one-size-fits-all category.


    June 6, 2015 at 19:57

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