My surrogate sister, Sara, has been over in China studying and teaching for about a year and a half now. Her experience of acclimating into another culture made me curious to see what creative benefits there are to living aboard. Creativity strategies, creative strategy, creativity explored, creativity brain , the creative mind

In Psychology Time’s article,”Can living abroad make you more creative,” Art Markman asks just that:

The idea here is that when you go to a different culture, there are often subtle differences that you have to learn about. For example, in the US, if you go to someone’s house and they offer you a drink or snack, you respond “Yes” or “No” depending on whether you want a snack. In Russia, though, it is impolite to say “Yes” the first time something is offered, and so you refuse the first request. The host asks again, and after a brief negotiation, you may settle on having a snack. A Russian visiting the US for the first time might refuse the offer of a snack, only to be surprised that she is not asked a second time. Eventually, she must learn that the practices are different.

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What are your thoughts? Have you ever lived abroad? Did you feel it impacted your creativity or how you processed day to day tasks? I would love to feel from you. Share your thoughts and your stories with us!

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3 Responses

  1. Jim Spencer

    Go to Concord. Why you ask.

    “Traveling is a fool’s paradise… I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea and at last wake up in Naples, and there besides me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


    • Ja-Naé Duane

      Ha! Well, then I wouldn’t be traveling far, would I? Also, Emerson openly admits that he traveled in search for what was under his nose. Luckily, there is no than one reason to travel.



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