GregoryHouse is the fictional antihero of the self-titled FOX drama “House M.
D.” He is abrilliant pill-popping genius who limps along the halls of Princeton-PlainsboroTeaching Hospital, knocking aside medical ethics with a wave of his cane. One of themost fascinating aspects for is to watch the differential diagnosisprocess unfold as House guides his medical team down one blind alley afteranother until finally landing on theultimate solution. In this writing, we will explore three unique factors that contribute to House’sinsight, and try to implement it into our own perception of creativity.One of the most notabletraits of House is his willingness to takerisks. House is simply willing totry something radical if he feels it will provide valuable information incorrectly diagnosing a disease affecting the patient.
Theidea that creativity and madness are intricately related dates back toAristotle. Mostof us would agree that riskingsomeone’s life is enough of a deterrent totake a safer, more conservative approach. Yet House adheres to a different standpoint,one that research has shown to promote greater creativity andout-of-the-box thinking.Chase: He thinks outside the box, is that so evil?Foreman: He doesn’t know where the box is!!—”Occam’s Razor”House is low in the psychological need for closure – making him more likely to analyze all of thepossibilities of a given problem beforerendering a decision.
He solicits input from multiple sources, and is open tothe consideration of any and all alternatives. It is House’s uncannyability to consider a variety of possibilities, even previously rejected ones,that makes him the creative genius that he is. While House(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 hisbrilliance are: his incredibly accurate firstinstinct and his uncanny tendency to experience a Eureka! moment after along period of gridlock. Most people fail to understand that instantaneoushunches mightprovide valuable insight into the roots of the problem at hand. We’resimply afraid of making decisions based on shaky assumptions. To obtain suchaccurate instincts, we need to spend sufficient dedicated time onthe subject matter and use all opportunities to learn its environment.
Totrigger sudden flashes of creative intuition, the ability to make remote or unusualassociations between concepts is crucial. For instance, what is a creativeanswer to “name a mode of transportation”? As opposed to car, dream is a more creative answer. We needto make the unusual association between dream and mode of transportation, whichboth take someone somewhere.
Havingentered the extraordinary mental universe of House for 8 seasons, I’veexperienced monumental improvements in my grasp of rationality. Evaluating one’s individual cerebrationwith House’s, I hope this writing helps everyone gain a fresh, sophisticated perspectiveon their own ingenuity as well. Thank you.