A world of creativity is a beautiful place to live but it may also be a place in which one feels that it is completely unfamiliar.
To step into this beautiful world one may find comfort in understanding it better.
Research shows that creative people have certain characteristics in common but they are traits that are often seen as contradictory. These are outlined in Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s work, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention.
Creative people are very energetic.
They always have ideas and are anxious to work on them but a person who is creative can also be quiet, calm and introspective. This is part of their process. It allows them energy to create but also the ability to think.
Creative people can work long hours and never seem to get bored.
Many creative people will simply lose track of time and happily work very long hours.
“Despite the carefree air that many creative people affect, most of them work late into the night and persist when less driven individuals would not.”
Creative people tend to understand reality well but enjoy living in a world filled with imagination.
They also tend to be both introverted and extroverted. This is an interesting reality not often shared by most people. A creative person can often be seen sitting back and observing but they may just as well be the center of attention.
A truly creative person may be both pretentious and unassuming.
This is easy to understand when you think of an artist who is anxious to show off their brilliance. However, they are also incredibly grateful for your enjoyment of their masterpiece.
A creative person can be both discriminating and complimentary of their own work.
This is especially difficult for non-creative people to understand. In fact, this may be because they often do not recognize their creative counterpart. Conversely, they may believe that the creative person is simply being analytical in their process.
“Perhaps the most important quality, the one that is most consistently present in all creative individuals, is the ability to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake. Without this trait, poets would give up striving for perfection and would write commercial jingles, economists would work for banks where they would earn at least twice as much as they do at universities, and physicists would stop doing basic research and join industrial laboratories where the conditions are better and the expectations more predictable.”
Are you living in a world of creativity?
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Originally published in Inspiring Women Magazine, April 2014.