Artistic Expression Models the Value of Mental Flexibility

With the changing circumstances and events in today’s world, it is worth our while to consider artistic expression as a model for the flexibility we need to succeed. Creative artists are flexible and imaginative in their approach to change. When you’re flexible, you think in a creative way and find innovative solutions to solve problems.

“Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychologist, professor, and author noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity

The artistic process requires flexibility—the willingness to let go of something and to take a new direction. Artists are well poised, through their ability to stay open, responsive, and resilient, to adapt to complex challenges in their own world and in the world at large. Artistic expression is a transforming process that involves facing and grappling with something, letting it go, and bringing something new to life. 

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