’‘ ’Creativity’ and ‘Emotional Intelligence’ are often mentioned in the same breath, correctly in my view because they are closely connected. In this article I want to describe the specific connections I see between the two, derived from my experience of creative problem-solving and invention techniques (brainstorming and synectics including ‘lateral thinking’). These methods are only one aspect of creativity, which might be called functional creativity, as opposed to the expressive creativity of the arts.”
Nolan then covers various practical particulars that are used in the synectics approach to unlock the benefits of emotional intelligence in creative problem-solving sessions, and to help people to “learn to behave in Emotionally Intelligent ways.”.