Professor Guy Claxton, who has written many books on intelligence, spoke about how creative satisfaction is the best alternative to destructive satisfaction. He sought to try and explain, and discover, what it is that young people want. In a world filled with temptation he spoke of how certain basic desires exist, but that it is for the educators to provide suitable outlets for these to replace toxic alternatives.
The answer, he believes is in giving young people confidence, capacity and direction, and that “creativity makes you happy.” Specifically it is the act of being engaged with something creatively that allows “passion to evolve”, and that quick fixes of “frenzied creativity” do not work. In this way it is possible for young people to develop a creative frame of mind and find the “joy of the struggle”.
By finding a way of teaching certain traits, Guy Claxton thinks that a solution can be found for education. Encouraging young people to be “curious, determined, imaginative, crafty, connected and discerning” is the basis of a healthy creative mind. He says that it is not to do with whether an individual is left or right minded, but if they can “toggle their brain”. Giving young people the ability to use their mind creatively allows them not to just accept what they are told, but to challenge it.