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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %ENCOURAGING CREATIVE CONFIDENCE 860908 To encourage creative confidence in young people we need to help them feel free to confide with courage regarding that which is most uniquely their own, rather than to encourage them to affirm conventionality. Creativity comes from new combinations. This entails sharing, generosity, giving, receiving, accepting. This is inhibited by tendencies toward selfishness, possessiveness, systematic control, conformity, convergent thought and behavior. Creativity is promoted by open and honest dialogue, not by efforts to be "right". Confidence comes best in contexts in which there is security in confiding when one is vulnerable, not in contexts where one has superior defenses. Creativity flows from bringing together in a union that which is different in complementary ways, not form collecting into separated locations that which is alike, as in sorting into piles of all-of-a-kind. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================