On a scale from one to ten, how creative are you?
If you’re looking to see that number spike, learning a second or third language could be just the trick.
In a recent article published in the education section of The Huffington Post, Expat and Language Lover Zach Simon said that speaking a new language forces “your mind to fire on all cylinders as you assimilate new information and cycle between familiar and unfamiliar concepts.” As a result, this is “the primary driver of creativity because it forces us to think divergently.”
Divergent thinking was defined as “your mind’s ability to generate a variety of solutions to a given problem.” As opposed to convergent thinking, which is the ability to select a single “correct” answer to a given problem.
The article went on to say that learning a second language exposes bilinguals to “‘cultures, customers, and beliefs distinctive from their own,’ thus forcing them to see the world from a new perspective.” Moreover, bilinguals are able to see one situation through multiple lenses, which can make them a more expansive thinker.
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