Reflection : Creative Cognition

Updated: Jan 9

"Creative cognition,” is an intra-psychic approach to studying how individuals retrieve and recombine knowledge into new ways of thinking, which refers to a concept coined by Ronald Finke, taking in elements of visualisation, concept formation, categorisation, memory retrieval, and problem solving to form a psychological model. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental wellbeing, which I have been researching to inform my relational skills within a facilitating practice. Focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems as an "action-oriented" form of therapy.


Use as a tool in understanding human experience rather than overcomplicating academic terminology to develop a form of relation and empowering skills in order to better understand the self and give us knowledge to relate to others. Through cognitive development, we an offer life skills and inform effective emotional stability and conversational relation. This impact spreads from personal impact and transformation, to influence others and then a wider cultural, natural and global implication.


Relating the the duality of voice, psychological scientist Albert Ellis first remarked on the barriers to effective listening, primarily looking at how we listen to respond over listening to hear, noting the way we can often either over-connect or disconnect within conversational dialogue. In order to remove this prevention barrier, a rejection of contradictory frames of references and personal prejudices or biases from our conscious state in order to adapt and develop accordingly. These prejudices and preferences often undermine learning exeperiences and we become limited by preconceived ideas or expectations. Using creativity as a tool therefore becomes a reflexive way of adapting conversations through collaborative work and metaphorical meaning making to become present centred. By offering guidance and empowerment to individuals, we can then offer decisive and proactive tools in order to understand cause of experience and then focus that into creating goal mindsets.


By encouraging a mindset to individuals as an enabler of change, we are able to reinforce people to become processors of experiences rather than passive reflections of circumstance. In order to adapt and offer reflexive ways of view and inform a new, creative agenda in which we respond and react to experiences and then pursuit a meaning making process. Drawing upon the ideas of philosopher Epictetus, who believe all external events are beyond our control; we should accept calmly and dispassionately whatever happens. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline. I looked at this to inform my own research as a tool to see creative education as an influence the mindset of creator and the relation between contribution over consumption.  I've taken this further in being aware of the creative mindset. Therefore, becoming mindful of the focus as the facilitator on aims, objectives and evaluations and the influence these conversations have on an individual and ownership. 


Further Research : Read Creative Cognition: Theory, Research, and Applications - Robert Finke and develop upon basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practioner Certificate training through Udemy 

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