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395: Olivia Fox Cabane | The Science of Creativity and Genius

April 20th, 2015

Episode 331 of 605 episodes

We can induce creativity, innovation and genius from our minds. "We are a vast magma of instincts and emotions with a thin veneer of civilization on top." -Olivia Fox Cabane The Cheat Sheet: What is a metaphorical insight and how can you use it? The Thin Air Myth: what is it and why is it a myth? What James Watt and Phineas Gage have taught us about the brain. This is one of the biggest blocks to your genius ideas: what is it? What high performance athletes do differently than other athletes. And so much more... Have you ever had a eureka moment? A split second flash of genius? Whether you have or not, there's now a way to create that experience on demand. And here to tell us more is Olivia Fox Cabane. Olivia is the author of The Charisma Myth and joins us to discuss the fascinating science of creativity and genius on today's show. Listen in for all of that and moreon episode 395 of The Art of Charm. Click Here to Support The Show and Check Out Host Gator! More About This Show: Olivia Fox Cabane is known as an expert on behavioral science, and applying it to everyday life to become more productive, more effective and create more breakthroughs. Currently she is the Director of Innovation at Stanford's StartX program and has two additional books about to be published. On today's show we discuss why breakthroughs are not accidental, what we've learned about the neuroscience behind epiphanies as well as ways you can realizemore of your mind's insights and genius ideas. One of the most fascinating topics we dive isthe different modes of the brain. The default mode network is your brain'snetwork composed of 10-13 different areas that are responsible for the creative, innovation and genius. Another mode your brain has is executive mode. Executive mode is just what it sounds like: that part of your brain that makes decisions, executes and puts plans into actions. But here's the kicker: only one part of your brain can be in charge at a time. So if your executive mode is always on your default mode network (or DMN) cannot be running the show. That means if you are constantly engaging your decision-making mind and are in executive mode, your genius ideas have no wayto come through. Turning off executive mode is simple: do repetitive tasks that are basically mindless. Like showering or washing the dishes or driving: these are things you already do the executive mode of your brain doesn't need to be engaged in for you to complete them. And that means your DMN can kick in. You can do what high caliber professional athletes do and create little rituals to tell your brain it's time to ramp up or ramp down. Think of baseball players and their rituals: some brush off their shoes in the batter's box and then tap home plate between pitches. They are telling their brains to power on into high performance mode, and slow down. On this episode Olivia and I also discuss the roles uncertainty and shame play in our creative capacities, what we can do to overcome our innate fear of both and why choice minimal lifestyle can be so liberating and freeing for our DMN!You'll want to give this one your full attention, enjoy. THANKS OLIVIA FOX CABANE! If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let Olivia know by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout out on Facebook: Click here to thank Oliviaon Facebook! Resources from this episode: Olivia Fox Cabane's web siteThe Charisma Myth, byOlivia Fox CabaneOliviaonFacebookThe Art of Charm bootcamps Try Squarespace (Free) and Support Our Supporters! Also sponsored by: You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast Wanna leave a comment? Too bad!Email meinstead (we read everything)! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email [email protected] Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!

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