My friend said something about that people get older than 50 loose the ability to think creatively and formulate new ideas.

There is also a saying like “stuck in his ways” and people say the “older you get the harder it is to change”

Is this a thing? If it is there a scientific name for it?

  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps older people have already contemplated those creative/new ideas that younger people think is original or creative when in fact the same ideas have been contemplated time and again already. So the older person who is "stuck in his ways" already knows a good enough "way", so why bother changing. Whereas, the young whipper snapper who thinks they are so creative and full of ideas doesn't comprehend that they are 30 or 40 years behind with their wonderfully creative idea which isn't so unique or creative at all. Just a thought... $\endgroup$
    – Dunk
    Feb 8 '18 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Dunk I like doing my own thinking again from scratch how to do things and why. I don't see the problem with it. I feel like other people who just blindly follow ways of doing things are the ones who are missing something. $\endgroup$
    – Timothy
    Dec 15 '20 at 20:15

The question of whether it is true (or not) that

old[er] people [in general] loose the ability think creatively or formulate new ideas

would lead to a very opinion based answer and therefore it is not a fit for this site. Not everyone behaves or thinks in the same way. However, where this is true of those who are in this situation, there are several possible names for it and they tend to be cognitive biases. There is


The belief that a society or institution is tending towards decline. Particularly, it is the predisposition to view the past favourably (rosy retrospection) and future negatively.

Rosy Retrospection

The remembering of the past as having been better than it really was.

System justification

The tendency to defend and bolster the status quo. Existing social, economic, and political arrangements tend to be preferred, and alternatives disparaged, sometimes even at the expense of individual and collective self-interest.

Status Quo Bias

An emotional bias; a preference for the current state of affairs. The current baseline (or status quo) is taken as a reference point, and any change from that baseline is perceived as a loss.

Choice-supportive bias

In a self-justifying manner retroactively ascribing one's choices to be more informed than they were when they were made.


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