House is the fictional antihero of the self-titled FOX drama “House M.D.” He is a
brilliant pill-popping genius who limps along the halls of Princeton-Plainsboro
Teaching Hospital, knocking aside medical ethics with a wave of his cane. One of the
most fascinating aspects for is to watch the differential diagnosis
process unfold as House guides his medical team down one blind alley after
another until finally landing on the
ultimate solution. In this writing, we will explore three unique factors that contribute to House’s
insight, and try to implement it into our own perception of creativity.
One of the most notable
traits of House is his willingness to take
risks. House is simply willing to
try something radical if he feels it will provide valuable information in
correctly diagnosing a disease affecting the patient. The
idea that creativity and madness are intricately related dates back to
of us would agree that risking
someone’s life is enough of a deterrent to
take a safer, more conservative approach. Yet House adheres to a different standpoint,
one that research has shown to promote greater creativity and
Chase: He thinks outside the box, is that so evil?
Foreman: He doesn’t know where the box is!!
House is low in the psychological need for closure – making him more likely to analyze all of the
possibilities of a given problem before
rendering a decision. He solicits input from multiple sources, and is open to
the consideration of any and all alternatives. It is House’s uncanny
ability to consider a variety of possibilities, even previously rejected ones,
that makes him the creative genius that he is.
(and probably most of us) believes that his creativity is based on rationality,
it is – however – based on his powerful unconscious. The two main forms of his
brilliance are: his incredibly accurate first
instinct and his uncanny tendency to experience a Eureka! moment after a
long period of gridlock. Most people fail to understand that instantaneous
provide valuable insight into the roots of the problem at hand. We’re
simply afraid of making decisions based on shaky assumptions. To obtain such
accurate instincts, we need to spend sufficient dedicated time on
the subject matter and use all opportunities to learn its environment. To
trigger sudden flashes of creative intuition, the ability to make remote or unusual
associations between concepts is crucial. For instance, what is a creative
answer to “name a mode of transportation”? As opposed to car, dream is a more creative answer. We need
to make the unusual association between dream and mode of transportation, which
both take someone somewhere.
entered the extraordinary mental universe of House for 8 seasons, I’ve
experienced monumental improvements in my grasp of rationality. Evaluating one’s individual cerebration
with House’s, I hope this writing helps everyone gain a fresh, sophisticated perspective
on their own ingenuity as well. Thank you.