Does anyone else seriously lack creativity?

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Dfect
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17 Dec 2012, 6:58 pm

So I seriously lack creativity, and it really affects my life. I find it incredibly hard to come up with ideas in general. I can copy other people's ideas and modify them slightly but not come up with stuff on my own.

It also affects my social life. I struggle to come up with things to say in conversation, my mind just goes blank.

Is this autism-related do you think?

This problem really makes me miserable.



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17 Dec 2012, 7:25 pm

Is not autism related at all.
I am very creative and artists,
often the most creative of all
are usually near the spectrum
or often on the spectrum

Are you medicated?
usually that will be the cause of your lack of creativity....



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17 Dec 2012, 7:30 pm

Nope.


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18 Dec 2012, 3:56 am

I have lots of creativity... but it often goes in weird directions (no surprise here) :)


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18 Dec 2012, 3:59 am

I am extremely un-creative, and it frustrates me as well. I don't have any solution, though.



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18 Dec 2012, 4:20 am

So all these black and white avatar art photos are someone else's creation??



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18 Dec 2012, 6:38 am

Dfect wrote:
So I seriously lack creativity, and it really affects my life. I find it incredibly hard to come up with ideas in general. I can copy other people's ideas and modify them slightly but not come up with stuff on my own.

It also affects my social life. I struggle to come up with things to say in conversation, my mind just goes blank.

Is this autism-related do you think?

This problem really makes me miserable.


I am artistic, but I do struggle to come up with ideas for things. But it depends on what I'm making, or writing. I hate the unknown jumping into a void feeling of conversation. I really rely on other people coming up with things to say and I reply to them. I get stressed out by feeling as though I am meant to lead the conversation. I can't do it. I am not good at thinking of things to say. I often watch people talking at parties (the very few I go to) and I wonder what on earth they have to talk about.



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18 Dec 2012, 8:34 am

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Is this autism-related do you think?


I don't know; I actually saw a lot of kids with autism being creative.

About me, I am not a very creative person, but sometimes I can have really great ideas, so I don't think I'm totally uncreative.


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18 Dec 2012, 11:35 am

I'm a mixed bag. Sometimes I am very creative, othertimes not so much



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18 Dec 2012, 11:48 am

I go through stages of creativity, Im an amateur photographer and sometimes I can go out and the area im in can totally inspire me and i end up creating some really striking images. Other times Ill go out and come back with nothing more than a few snapshots that i dont even bother attempting to edit into something nice. Mood plays a lot in it it too. If Im depressed or low then my creativity suffers horribly. Also bad weather seems to give me a creative block, mainly because i dont want to do anything but lie in bed/on the sofa when its like that though.

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Are you medicated?
usually that will be the cause of your lack of creativity....


Strangely when i was on meds for depression and anxiety my creative side was at an all time high, now that im not taking anything its gone way down.


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18 Dec 2012, 1:01 pm

I can be extremely creative when the right idea strikes me, but since I was a child I have struggled with this difficulty in coming up with ideas. Most of the things that my parents considered "having great imagination" were me copying styles of art or writing and adapting them to create something of my own, or throwing random weird stuff together. Even when the result was good, I almost always felt like a fraud because I knew it wasn't an original idea.

I clearly remember being rather frustrated at NOT being able to play imaginatively with toys, especially after I became more aware of my surroundings and lost the ability to lose myself completely in totally repetitive stuff like sorting cards or coins etc. I never QUITE gained the ability to play "normally" with things, although I think I caught up on some of this while "babysitting" older (12 yo) children when I was 16-17.



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19 Dec 2012, 12:19 am

Surfman wrote:
So all these black and white avatar art photos are someone else's creation??

Would you call them creative? I'd call them slightly artistic, but pretty much just reusing other people's ideas.



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19 Dec 2012, 12:23 am

I used to be very creative in writing short stories as a child. Now, 99.99% of the time I can't even think of a basic backstory for a MUD character.

I often needed someone to sit next to me and help organize my thoughts while in school, but rarely got that, and never got that beyond the seventh grade. :roll:


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19 Dec 2012, 3:09 pm

I always thought I was super creative when I was younger. Then I realized I was only borrowing ideas from other things and modifying them slightly for whatever I needed... It's why I often join RPG's, but rarely make my own...



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19 Dec 2012, 6:17 pm

I know that lots of Aspies are quite creative. I'm not.

I'm quite good at reproducing music, and I can analyze pieces. But whenever I try to compose something myself, it sucks.
When given a melody, I can often write an accompaniment (depends on the style, though), because there are rules for this. But when I try to think up something completely on my own, I'm lost.