I have always been fascinated about learning and doing creative activities. However, I never really knew if I had enough creativity in me to perform such tasks. While taking the ‘What is Creativity?’ course with Discovery College, my biggest take away was coming to an understanding of what creativity means to me. I learnt that for me it means overcoming functional fixedness.
Ever used your phone camera as a mirror? Or ever used anything but a hammer to place nails/pins on the wall?
The examples mentioned above are of overcoming functional fixedness. Functional fixedness is a concept about how the mind tends to use an object only in the way it is traditionally meant to be used. Overcoming this tendency makes one overcome the fixedness.
Alternatively, how I would say it, is that creativity for me means Jugaad.
Jugaad is an informal word from the Hindi language popular among the youth. Its close translation would be ‘an idea that helps to overcome functional fixedness’.
Let’s look at some examples of Jugaad.
Overcoming functional fixedness aka coming up with a new Jugaad can help
Innovation and creativity helps one express oneself. The freedom that comes with expressing oneself can positively affect one’s mental health. It can help one have a more positive outlook in life, overcome anxiety, help gain clarity and feel light-hearted.
Coming up with a Jugaad is how I express my creativity. I am always looking for new ideas and unconventional solutions to tasks. I think of all the times I have come up with a Jugaad and let that give me the confidence to call myself creative. Do you want to discover what creativity means for you and your mental health? Enroll yourself in Discovery College’s course on ‘What is Creativity?’ now.
Written by Neha Khanna.