Am I creative? My ego says yes.
My evil alter ego - the one that wants, for some ego crushing reason, to keep me in check (right or wrong) - says no. I hate my alter ego but sometimes he rears his ugly mug anyway because, too often, I let him.
I've killed off creative thinking that comes out of others because I've let my alter ego win.
I've killed off my own creative thinking because I let that alter ego bastard get the best of me.
This article at Brainzooming opened my eyes: How Creative Thinking Gets Killed by Team Members: 8 Fatal Blows.
Its time to kill the buzzkill.