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Love: The Key to Creativity

Love has been the driving theme of artistic creations stretching over generations. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam recently decided to verify that love can change the way we think. The study found that love makes us more creative, while sexual desire makes us more logical.

Subjects who thought about a romantic walk with the person they loved performed better on tasks that required creative thinking. When asked to think about a sexual encounter with someone they didn't love, the subjects performed worse on the creative tasks, but better on logical puzzles. Scientists reasoned that romantic love makes us see things from a long-term perspective (which is good for creativity), while sex makes us think short term (which is good for logical thinking).

So now we know that love makes us creative, while lust might have the opposite effect. I'd like to add heartbreak to the list of creative forces. Without that we wouldn't have Shakespearean tragedies or Kanye's amazing song "Heartless."

Does love make you more creative?

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plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
i think this is true. and its why my creativity is total shit now haha
classysassy classysassy 7 years
Interesting study. Need to think more about love so I can spark that creativity I need for work tomorrow.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Love is nice, and it can fuel creativity in some people. Not everyone. For me, it didn't make me any more creative. It just made it so I can lighten up and not take life so seriously.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
i would say angst and depression spurred my most prolific writing.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Gosh, Anonymous, I was only half kidding. But dissatisfaction has generated a lot of revolutionary art and music.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No, love makes me stupid. ;) :)
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I always thought angst and animosity fueled creativity. And drugs.
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