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If a good idea, song, character or plot for a book, etc comes to you in a dream, is it your idea / creativity? Or is creativity only things you work on consciously?

Asked by Yellowdog (7137points) 6 days ago

Often times, dreams are results of issues we work on or think about during our wakeful hours. But what about if, somewhat randomly, a great idea, song, work of art, comes to you In a dream? And it actually IS a good idea that other people like, or a perfectly workable solution to a problem?

Of course, the idea is YOURS, not a “public domain” thing; and you are credited with the idea if it originates in your subconscious. But then again, is that just like observing it elsewhere—since you didn’t “think” it up? Is a person really brilliant, creative, gifted—if the idea is not what they thought up consciously?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

I don’t think it matters. Creativity is creativity, regardless if whether it was a conscious effort or the snap of a finger.

My guess (at least for me in my experiences) is that you can’t manufacture creativity or ideas – rather, they come to you in an unpredictable flash.

zenvelo's avatar

I don;t think you can actually pinpoint a case of someone “thinking up” a song or a story or a work of art, that isn’t how creativity works.

The spark for an idea arises out of the subconscious whether asleep or awake. It can be hearing a bird’s chirp at an odd hour of the day, the way the light on the leaves of a tree intrigue you, seeing the interaction between a child and a parent.

mazingerz88's avatar

Sleep or awake, subconscious or conscious, if it comes from within you I think it’s the same creative act.

kritiper's avatar

Who knows what mysteries lurk in the subconscious of man? But it is yours. No reason the subconscious mind can’t be creative and is probably the basis of the creativity (so often mistakenly) thought to be the sole product of the conscious mind. So give your subconscious mind the credit it deserves!

stanleybmanly's avatar

We’d all like an explanation for the process, but unless the idea or product is stolen or fraudulently obtained the process is irrelevant. Success is ALWAYS gonna be the mark of genius.

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