Why do you think that walking around in circles is so productive of creative thought, for some of us?
I read about an experiment that was conducted to conclude if when lost if people literally walked in circles!? Many people have preconceived ideas that when people are lost they walk in circles. In all actuality, the expression going around in circles means lost or confused. As before mentioned, Anglo-American minds tend to be peripatetic. Ironically enough, our minds are always walking or preoccupied whether it’s consciously or unconsciously. In order to answer the question of whether people who are lost walk in circles in the literal sense, the researchers removed the all the structured designs that could influence directions such as sidewalks, highways, and water sources from the equation. In order to observe people and their natural sense of direction, much of the research was conducted in desert. In the expression, “walking in circles” people are trying to express or explain where they are at mentally without a map or perhaps they have a map but don’t know how to decipher it. During the research, the weather proved to be an important variable. On cloudy days, when the sun or moon was hidden, the participants literally walked in circles. In fact, they walked in small circles, only a few hundred yards across. Ironically the article questions the reader to imagine how they would feel if they were lost in the Sahara Desert and couldn’t get further than a quarter mile from where they started. So, to answer the second question, why do you think walking around in circles is so productive of creative thought, for some of us. I believe that when in we are alone or secluded im a cloudy place feeling lost and confused that our imaginations prove to be more creative. The produce a better sense of direction especially, the second time around. The more times you circle, the more you feel as if it could be your last time around. I believe that when you feel lost or confused emotionally that is important that you take time to get a map or a hold on yourself. Without direction, it is very likely that you could find yourself walking in circles. In natural selection, in some cases, people who have been lost before in life make the best examples. Some of our most talented artist perform their most noted pieces when they are cloudy, lost, confused, or preoccupied with walking in circles. Walking in circles helps us to create a energetic force within ourselves. We could be viewed as a walking windmill. We have the potential to create energy just in our direction in life. Hypothesis: without meaningful clues for navigation, our brains may latch onto subtle, misleading cues in our environment—perhaps the slope of the ground, or the direction of the wind—in order to pick a direction. Works for me.