How can you improve your imagination?
I challenge you to take this short test.
Follow the directions & visualize accordingly:
Time to check your imagination power:
Why not something quirky like this:
Anyways, did you imagine a building with windows?
Were the window panes open?
Leave it, what about the aeroplane? Did you imagine it?
Why was it not at the airport?
What about the tree? Don’t tell me you visualized this:
When there are so many other types:
At last, what about the bouncy ball? Was it red or blue in colour?
What’s with other colours?
Coming to your question,
Imagination Power increases when you start thinking out-of-the-box.
What’s casual, what’s usual, is boring! Bizarre is idiosyncratic!
Drawing on my own experience, the only way you can improve – and sustain – your power of imagination a.
brainpower, is to use more of it on a daily basis.
For example, dump your digital devices, so that you can:
Since as much as 90% of what we learned in a life-time always come to us via visual cues, we should constantly enhance our perceptual sensitivity to the environment, according to information scientists.
So, more than 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci was absolutely right when he said, use all our senses, especially our sense of sight.
Our power of observation and imagination depends on it.
Productive thoughts often have their origins in the combinatorial play and dynamics of sensory inputs from environmental cues.
In my view, our thinking cap is often governed by how far we can stretch our power of vision and imagination.
Constantly strategise, and think through your problems or challenges or issues at hand, by seeing things backwards, inside out, and upside down; inside the box as well as outside the box, plus no box at all;
Also, by expanding your viewpoints from multi-directional and multi-developmental perspectives:
Act like a child, but don't be childish.
More precisely, adopt a child's mindset of a beginner.
Make unlikely connections, especially from disparate spheres of discipline or activity, not matter how weird they may be.
Use them as jump off points.
When looking at a problem or challenge or issue at hand, explore beyond the positives and the negatives, like what's interesting here.
When you arrive at a seemingly endpoint, intentionally ask:
Ask a lot of questions, and explore the world with crazy questions, just to stimulate the mind:
Play, explore and experiment, with metaphors and analogies:
More information can be found here:
Many artists dress in a way to make it clear that they are non-conformists.
There is a purpose in this
If you look a bit wierd then it is more acceptable if you do something wierd, providing it doesn't upset others too much
If you are dressed smartly, it would not be appropriate to look through trash bins to see if there was anything of interest to you.
Nor to pick up items left outside houses to be picked up by passers-by, or even to do slightly wierd things like wear odd socks
Many people are constrained in their imagination by the thought "What will people think?"
With children, we can get over that hurdle with the words "I know, let's pretend we are clowns and can wear our clothes backwards, and paint our faces, and walk in a silly way"
As we get older and align ourselves with certain groups, we adopt the social patterns of the group.
We dress, speak, and act in a way that is consistent and acceptable to the group
There is a saying among comedians "If it doesn't offend someone, then it isn't funny" so one approach to develop your imagination is to find out what offends people
You can also analyse what amuses people.
Study different forms of humour and try to analyse exactly why they are funny
The way you improve imagination is by influencing the direction/topic or by removing constraints.
Imagination, itself, doesn’t need to be improved.
You already have plenty of it.
People that think they aren’t very imaginative tend to view imagination very narrowly.
Imagination is a combination of combining mental imagery, emotions, and storytelling.
Generally, we view imagination as positive, but this is only the case when imagination is being used with positive emotions like playfulness.
The same process combined with fear leads to “imagining the worst.
” It isn’t hard for people to project problems into the future, which requires imagination.
When you look at imagination like this, you see that we are already very good at imagining.
It’s not wether you’re good or bad at it, but rather the direction of that imagination that we want to change.
The direction of your imagination is determined by emotions and topic.
Imagination (what you think) is intimately linked with how you feel (emotions).
Effecting one influences the other.
You can consciously choose topics to imagine (except in the case of fear, which could be involuntary).
Inside of a topic, you usually don’t want to exert too much control over your imagination.
Creativity thrives when ideas are allowed to freely move around and combine with other ideas.
The more control you try to exert, the less creative (and more predictable) your imagination will become.
The fastest and most effective method of improving your imagination is by removing constraints.
Constraints are the limitations you place on yourself (or that come from the outside world).
Children are naturally good at imagining because they have very few constraints (the “self-referencing center” of the brain hasn’t matured yet, so less self-consciousness exists).
This means almost complete freedom to imagine any scenario without feeling silly or worrying about what others would think.
It’s imagination at its best: combining ideas, playfulness, and storytelling in the absense of self-consciousness.
Here are some ways to remove constraints on your imagination:
Start playing like you did as a child.
Turn off your phone, tv or radio.
Watch people in the mall, airport or neighborhood and make up stories about them.
Go through magazines and cut pictures out that you like.
Make paper dolls out of them.
Start a journal and write three pages everyday in long hand.
Stream of consciousness.
Get an old book and start drawing, painting or collage in it.
Slap some gesso down on some of the pages, let some of the type peek through and draw a self portrait.
Go to a thrift store and think about all the stuff you see in there and how those items belonged to someone else.
Take pictures of things, people and places that inspire you or amuse you.
Pretend you’re a National Geographic explorer and must take the picture.
Sing in your house like you’re in front of an audience.
Make weird dolls or stuffed animals out of old clothes.
Go to a museum.
Watch independent films.
Watch foreign films.
Watch old movies and make up new dialogue.
Pick out what your super power is.
Pretend you’re a ground hog.
Freeze as if no one can see you.
Laugh at yourself in the mirror.
Make faces in the mirror.
Stare at yourself for a long time.
Be curious about everything.
Ask a lot of questions.
Listen to podcasts of people you admire.
Learn about stuff.
Read magazines you like cover to cover.
Stand in the middle of a Walmart aisle on one leg in a ballet pose.
Smile at people.
Look for faces in things.
Keep a file of things that inspire you.
Pick up shiny objects.
Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care.
Pretend you’re an international spy on a mission.
Hike like you’re in the Sound of Music.
Read old science fiction.
Watch the twilight zone.