Friday, October 26, 2012

Social Rejection Stimulates Creativity

In this article it is argued that those who are "rejected" by a social group or by society can become immensely creative.  However, these people will have to have very strong identities.  Basically, being rejected or having one's ideas rejected can either crush a person or motivate a person.  If a person already strongly believes in him/herself, social rejection will motivate the person to greater creativity.

1)  Are you crushed or motivated when you or your ideas are rejected?

2)  Many authors of great or ultimately popular literature receive numerous rejection notices.  In a famous example, the author of Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, was rejected by every publisher to whom he submitted his manuscript, and he killed himself.  Several years later his mother found a publisher for his manuscript and the book won the highest award for fiction in America. Do you think that truly creative people are always going to be misunderstood and rejected?

3)  Will this article help you to deal with rejection now?

4)  Can you speak about times you felt or were unfairly rejected?  How did you deal with that?

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