Another great barrier to creative thinking is judgment. Here I'm talking about judgment of others' ideas and judgment of our own ideas. Judging ideas during the exploration phase of the creative process is rarely beneficial. Most often, it is very destructive — destructive to the idea in question, destructive to the creative process, and, perhaps most damaging, destructive to the individual whose idea is being judged. I see many ideas stifled while they are delicate little seedlings because we judge them too early.
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