Monday, June 06, 2005

Too Good a Quote Not to Share

This is from Richard Florida's The Rise of the Creative Class. He is quoting Carl Rogers from his book On Becoming a Person.

It has been found that when the individual is "open" to all his experience…then his behavior will be creative, and his creativity may be trusted to be essentially constructive…In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed…without being distorted by any process of defensiveness, whether the stimulus originates in the environment, in the impact of form, color, or sound on the sensory nerves, or whether it originates in the viscera…it is available to awareness…This last suggests another way of describing openness to experience. It means lack of rigidity and permeability of boundaries in ocncepts, beliefs, perceptions, and hypotheses. It means a tolerance for ambiguity where ambiguity exists. It means the ability to receive much conflicting infomration without forcing closure upon the situation…This complete openness of awareness to what exists at this moment is. I believe an important condition fo constructive creativity.

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