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Creative Brain Test: 10 Best Ways To Test Your Creative Intelligence

Creative Brain Test: 10 Best Ways To Test Your Creative Intelligence

Did you know you can boost your levels of creativity by simply moving your eyes from side to side? While there is no firmly established formula for creativity, there are ways to increase it; ways just as crazy as eye movement!

Yet, how do we know how creative we are? Luckily for us, there are ways we can test our creativity. Let’s look at 10 of the best ways and see how creative we really are.

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1. WKOPAY

What Kind of Person Are You (WKOPAY) is a measure of inquisitiveness, self-confidence, and imagination. This creativity test is a self-assessment for creative intelligence. [1]

Test it: Take a self-assessment and determine what type of personality trait you possess at BuzzFeed.

2. Reverse Thinking

Instead of adopting the typical logical way of looking at a problem, try the reverse approach. Turn around the challenge and look for the opposite ideas.

Example: A good example of reverse thinking is as follows. [2]

  • Typical Approach: How can I double my fan base?
  • Reverse Thinking: How do I make sure I have no fans at all?

Looks like this:

    Test it: Think of a problem you would like to solve. Now think of the reverse of that idea and write it down. Do you see anything interesting?

    3. Anagram

    An anagram is switching of words or word play. It is where we rearrange letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word.

    How it works: Simply rearrange the letters of a word or phrase. For example, change Life hack to hack file.

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    Example: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll famously used anagrams. Carroll’s real name was actually Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. In developing the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, Dodgson began by translating Charles Lutwidge into Latin – Carolus Ludovicus. He then reversed the order of the Latin translation and translated the back into English arriving at Lewis Carroll. [3]

    Looks like this:

      Test it: Test your anagram creating skills at www.wordplays.com.

      4. Storyboarding

      A storyboard is simply a sequence of illustrations demonstrating how a story will unfold.

      How it works: Here is a great step-by-step guide on how to create a storyboard with a group of people. [4]

      • Step 1: Choose the problem.
      • Step 2: Take notes.
      • Step 3: Mind map.
      • Step 4: Crazy eights.
      • Step 5: Storyboard.
      • Step 6: Silent critique.
      • Step 7: 3-minute critiques.
      • Step 8: Super vote.

      Looks like this:

        Test it: Choose a problem, grab a piece of blank paper, fold the blank sheet of paper in half four times, then unfold it. Take five minutes to draw eight sketches (one in each panel) and crank out your ideas. [5]

        5. Riddles

        Riddles are an extremely creative way to wrap your mind around a puzzle shrouded in mystery. Riddles challenge your mind and make you think beyond the simple words. [6]

        How it works: Answering a riddle is difficult enough, but creating one is extremely difficult. Use the following guideline and create your own riddle. [7]

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        • Step 1: Choose an answer.
        • Step 2: Brainstorm your answer.
        • Step 3: Use a thesaurus.
        • Step 4: Think like the object.
        • Step 5: Use figurative language.

        Example:

        • Riddle: Imagine you are in a dark room. How do you get out?
        • Answer: Stop imagining it.

        Test it: Riddles.com is a great place to visit to test your ability to solve riddles. Take their 10 Best Riddles Quiz and see just how inquisitive you are.

        6. Analogy

        An analogy is the comparison or similarity between two things in order to explain something.

        How it works: The following is a great step-by-step outline for creating your own analogy. [8]

        • Step 1: Choose your analogs (two things you are comparing). You should be familiar with analog #1.
        • Step 2: List the characteristics of analog #2.
        • Step 3: Start relating.
        • Step 4: Figure out which points you want to write about.
        • Step 5: Merge and clean up your list.
        • Step 6: Expound on each point.
        • Step 7: Finalize your analogy.

        Example:

        Analogy: Be involved in things but don’t commit. It’s like eggs and bacon. The chicken was involved, the pig was committed.

        Looks like this:

          Test it: Visit Museumofhorror.com and see how creative you are with analogies.

          7. Incomplete Figure

          Incomplete figure is a test developed in the 1960’s by psychologist Ellis Torrance as one of the elements of the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT). [9]

          How it works: With this test, you are provided a shape and asked to complete the image.

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          Looks like this:

            Test it: Visit 99u.com and try it yourself. Print out the figures from the site and see what you can turn them into within 5 minutes.

            8. Nine Dots

            The 9-Dot puzzle is a lateral thinking puzzle that some believe as the origin to the expression thinking outside the box.

            How it works: You have nine dots arranged in a set of three rows. You must draw four continuous straight lines going through the middle of all the nine dots without removing your pencil off the paper. [10]

            Looks like this:

              Alternative Solution: There are alternative solutions to this puzzle. One solution is the Tridimensional solution.

                Test it: Try this puzzle out for yourself online at Brainstorming.co.uk.

                9. Morphological Analysis

                The morphological matrix is a tool that helps us generate ideas based on possible variation of a problem. It provides us a systematic approach in generating a large amount of possibilities.

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                How it works: Use the following steps for this tool. [11]

                • Step 1: State the task clearly and identify the parameters.
                • Step 2: Select the first parameter and enter it as the heading.
                • Step 3: Generate many attributes (including unusual ones) for that parameter. List them in the rows under the column heading.
                • Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each parameter. List the attributes for each.
                • Step 5: Randomly select combinations.
                • Step 6: Write each combination and dive into each.
                • Step 7: Explore several potential combinations.
                • Step 8: Choose one of the potential combinations to apply.

                Looks like this:

                  Test it: Identify a problem and follow the tips and suggestions at Creativethinktank.

                  10. SCAMPER

                  SCAMPER is a mnemonic device that stands for: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate, and Reverse. You or your team my find it difficult to identify new ideas. SCAMPER can assist with this. [12]

                  How it works:

                  • Step 1: Find an existing product you want to improve.
                  • Step 2: Ask questions using the mnemonic device SCAMPER to guide you.

                  Example:

                  Example questions for each element of the mnemonic device.

                  • Substitute: What rules could you substitute?
                  • Combine: What could you combine to maximize the uses of this product?
                  • Adapt: What else is like your product?
                  • Modify: What element of this product could you strengthen to create something new?
                  • Put to another use: How would this product behave differently in another setting?
                  • Eliminate: What features, parts, or rules could you eliminate?
                  • Reverse: What if you try to do the exact opposite of what you’re trying to do now?

                  Test it: Identify a product or service you would like to improve. Now, use the mnemonic device SCAMPER to get in the right frame of mind in order to ask the right questions.

                  So, did any of these creativity tests give you a boost in your creative abilities? If not, try them again! Boosting your creativity will help you in every area of life. Use these tools and techniques in order to find your creativity sweet spot and tap into your creative genius!

                  Reference

                  [1] World of Digits: 6 useful creativity tests to know if you are creative
                  [2] Cleverism: 18 best idea generation techniques
                  [3] David Day: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded
                  [4] Co.Design: The 8 steps to creating a great storyboard
                  [5] Co.Design: The 8 steps to creating a great storyboard
                  [6] Riddles: Riddles and answers
                  [7] Read Write Think: Write your own riddle
                  [8] Osmosio: How to create killer analogies by relating anything to anything else
                  [9] 99U: Test your creativity: 5 classic creativity challenges
                  [10] Archimedes’ Laboratory: Most wanted puzzle solutions
                  [11] Center for Creative Learning: Morphological matrix
                  [12] Mind Tools: SCAMPER

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                  26 Useful Things to Learn Now That Will Change Your Life

                  26 Useful Things to Learn Now That Will Change Your Life

                  If you pay attention to your everyday life careful enough, you’ll know that you can learn from everything and everyone you come across. Our life is basically full of useful lessons that we should learn.

                  Here are 26 useful things to learn that Abhishek A. Singh shared on Quora. Let’s see how these life theories would lead you to live a different life.

                  1. Primacy and recency: People mostly remember the first and last things that occurred, barely the middle.

                  When scheduling an interview, ask the employer the time slots they do interviews and try to be the first or the last.

                  2. If you work in a bar or in customer service of any kind, put a mirror behind you at the counter.

                  In this way, angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you and the chance of them behaving irrationally will be lowered significantly.

                  3. Once you make a sales pitch, don’t say anything else.

                  This works in sales, but it can also be applied in other ways.

                  My previous boss was training me and just gave me pointers. I was working at a gym trying to sell memberships. He told me that once I got all the small talk out of the way and presented the prices, the first person to talk would lose.

                  It didn’t seem like a big deal but it actually worked. Often there were long periods of awkward silence as the person tried to come up with some excuses, but usually they bought.

                  4. If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer, just wait.

                  If you stay silent and keep eye contact, they will usually continue to talk.

                  5. Chew gum when you’re approaching a situation that would make you nervous, like public speaking or bungee jumping.

                  When we eat, our brain tell ourselves, “I would not be eating if I were danger. So I’m not in danger.” This has helped me to stay calm.

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                  6. People will always remember how you made them feel, not what you said.

                  Also, most people like talking about themselves; so ask lots of questions about them.

                  7. When you’re learning something new, teach it to a friend. Let them ask you questions about it.

                  If you’re able to teach something well, you will be sure that you’ve understood it very well.

                  8. If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you.

                  It doesn’t always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen the next time.

                  9. The physical effects of stress — breathing rate and heart rate — are almost identical to the physical effects of courage.

                  When you’re feeling stressed in any situations, immediately reframe it : Your body is getting ready to be courageous, you are NOT stressed.

                  10. Pay attention to people’s feet.

                  If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don’t want you to join in the conversation.

                  Similarly, if you are in a conversation with a coworker who you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end.

                  11. Confidence is more important than knowledge.

                  Don’t be intimidated by anyone, everyone is playing a role and wearing a mask.

                  12. If you pretend to be something for long enough, you will eventually become it.

                  Fake it till you make it. Period.

                  13. Not to be creepy, but if you want to stare at someone unashamedly, look directly past them and wait for them to try and meet your eyes.

                  When they fail to do that, they’ll look around (usually nervously for a second) they won’t look at you again for some time. This is your chance to straight up stare at this person for at least 45 seconds.

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                  And as suggested by Brian Stutzman:

                  If you’re staring at someone and get caught, DON’T turn your head or your body to look away, because that just confirms that you were staring.

                  Just move your EYEBALLS off the person. Unlike turning your head, it’s instantaneous. And the person will think you were just looking at something behind them and that they were mistaken for thinking you were staring. Do it confidently, and ignore any reaction from the person, and you can sell it every single time.

                  After a second, you can even look back at them with a “Why are you staring at me?” look on your face to really cement the deal!

                  14. Build a network.

                  Become the information source, and let the information be yours. Even grabbing a beer with a former colleague once a year will keep you in the loop at the old office.

                  Former coworkers might have gotten a new position in that office you always wanted to work in, great! Go to them for a beer, and ask about the office. It’s all about connections and information.

                  15. If you are angry at the person in front of you driving like a grandmother…

                  Pretend it is your grandmother, it will significantly reduce your road rage.

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                    16. Stand up straight.

                    No slouching, hands out of pockets, and head held up high. It’s not just a cliche — you literally feel better and people around you feel more confident in you.

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                    17. Avoid saying “I think,” and “I believe” unless absolutely necessary.

                    These are phrases that do not evoke confidence, and will literally do you no good.

                    18. When feeling anxious, clean up your home or work space.

                    You will feel happier and more accomplished than before.

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                      19. Always buy the first pitcher or round of drinks.

                      You’d be surprised how long you could drink on the phrase “I bought the first one.”

                      20. Going into an interview… be interested in your interviewers.

                      If you focus on learning about them, you’ll seem to be more interesting and dynamic. (Again, people love to talk about themselves.)

                      21. Pay attention parents! Always give your kid a choice that makes them think they are in control.

                      For instance, when I want my son to put his shoes on I will say ,”do you want to put your star wars shoes on or your shark shoes on?”

                      Pro-tip: In some cases, this works on adults.

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                        22. Your action affects your attitude more than your attitude affects your action.

                        As my former teacher said “You can jump and dance FOR joy, but you can also jump and dance yourself joyful.”

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                        23. When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group.

                        Notice who you look at and who look at you when you laugh with a group of people!

                        24. If you want to build rapport or gain someone’s trust quickly, match their body posture and position.

                        If someone is sitting with her legs crossed, cross your legs. If they’re leaning away from you, lean away from them. If they’re leaning towards you, lean towards them.

                        Mirroring and matching body position is a subconscious way to tell if someone trusts you or is comfortable with you. If you’re sitting with your arms crossed and you notice someone else is sitting with her arms crossed, that is a good indicator that you have/are successfully built/building rapport with that person.

                        25. The Benjamin Franklin Effect (suggested by Matt Miller)

                        I find the basis of the Benjamin Franklin effect is very useful and extends far beyond pencil borrowing. This knowledge is useful in the world of flirting too.

                        Asking a girl in your class if you can borrow a pencil or her notes or to explain the homework will make her more likely to like you than if you let her borrow your stuff or are the one to help her. Even just asking a girl to buy you drinks (facetiously) leaves a much bigger impression than offering to or actually buying a girl a drink.

                        The best part is it kills 3 birds with one stone: you get the advantages of the favor itself, the person subconsciously likes you more, and it makes them more open to future favors and conversation.

                        26. Handle panic and anxiety behaviors by tapping fingers (Suggested by Jade Barbee)

                        When you’re feeling stressed, worried or angry, tap each finger tip while thinking (or speaking quietly) a few specific words about what is bothering you. Repeat the same words while tapping each of your 10 fingers, including thumbs.

                        For example, tap while saying, “I’m so angry with her…” Doing so will likely take the charge out of the feeling and return you to a more resourceful (better feeling) state of being. It’s called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or “tapping,” and it is useful in many life situations – emotional sadness, physical pain, food cravings, traumatic memories…

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