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Use of the Word Brainstorming

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Skills for Life Network

Survey confirms that it is acceptable to use the term ‘brainstorming’ in training

Creativity consultancy creativity@work undertook a survey of mental health charities and campaign groups to see if they found the term ‘brainstorming’, when used to describe a gathering of ideas, offensive to schizophrenics and epileptics.

The groups surveyed included: MENCAP, MIND, SANE, Manic Depression Fellowship, Rethink, National Schizophrenia Fellowship for Scotland, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Depression Alliance, Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Scotland, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Mental Aftercare Association, and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

None of the organisations found the term politically incorrect when used to describe a gathering of ideas. However, the term should not be used to describe a seizure or the electrical activity during a seizure.

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