Anxiety Does Not Lead to Creative Productiveness…

… functional rigidity, or “blocking” of mental processes, was found to occur in direct proportion to the amount of stress in the situation (1).   In addition, Ray noted that “any increase in stress interferes with problem solving.” (2)  Torrance found that children were unable to be creative in stressful situations,(3) and Shouksmith concluded that “anxiety-induced drive does not lead to… creative productiveness.”(4)

Success from Within: Discovering the Inner State that Creates Personal Fulfillment and Business Success by Jay B. Marcus

I am reading Marcus’ book this week and finding much to appreciate. In particular, I am thinking of my clients and students undertaking great shifts – small or large – in their lifestyles of significant drive.  Embarking on the process of Energy Leadership, we are able to reduce the overwhelm of unsustainable loads in ways that are in keeping with their values, and to engage those obligations that remain with reduced anxiety and pressure.  

As we often say in my classes on Biblical “Self” Care… Caring for self is the least selfish thing we can do.  I appreciate that Marcus is making the link between meditation’s calming effect and greater creativity and productivity.  So many loving servants can benefit from trusting such a word.

Interested in the next class on Biblical “Self” Care?   It will next be offered as a teleclass on Tuesdays, November 8-29 from 8am-9amCST.  See related post this week.



1  R.P. Youtz, from A Source Book for Creative Thinking by S.J. Parnes and H.F. Harding, Scribner’s, New York, 1962, pp.211-212.

2  W.S. Ray, The  Experimental Psychology of Original Thinking, Macmillan and Co., New York, 1967, p.46.

3  E.P. Torrance, “Explorations in Creative Thinking in the Early School Years,” from Scientific Creativity: Its Recognition and Development, by C.W. Taylor and F.X. Barron, Wiley and Sons, New York, 1963, pp.173-183.

4  G. Shouksmith, Intelligence, Creativity and Cognitive Styles, Wiley and Sons, New York, 1970, p. 195.


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