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How can psychology, specifically counseling psychology, be combined with teaching high school students to become innovators?

There are some elements of cognitive psychology in the process of inventing and innovating, however, how can psychology play a greater role in ultimately shaping a mind to invent the next iPod? Ultimately, how can one use psychological theory to motivate high school students to work as a team, learn additonal math and science, mechanics, as well as build and create, then be innovators?

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    Nov 22 2011: My background is in art and psychotherapy. I believe that psychology can be combined with teaching innovation through affirmation. Positive reinforcement that it is not important whether a student is right or wrong but it is impotrant that they trust and believe in their own ability to try something new or at least new for them. The combination of freedom and self awarness in their own learning is crucial for true innovation. In simple terms a better sense of self can help a person to bring forward their own ideas. A lesser or negative sense of self leaves a person dependent on pleasing others and doing what is expected and by extension less innovative.

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