“I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us till it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear. The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.
– Zen Pencils
I encountered this very telling concept regarding human behaviour at a conference about workplace management. As defined by Google, the Candle Problem, or Duncker’s Candle Problem, is “a cognitive performance test, measuring the influence of functional fixedness on a participant’s problem solving capabilities”. This means that the test demonstrates how unaccustomed we are to thinking outside the box. Continue reading Can You Solve the Candle Problem?