Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Not Crazy - Understanding Creative People

I am asking myself the question:

Am I crazy, or is that just crazy talk?
Candice Herne

The 10 Dimensions of Creative Complexity
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1. Creative individuals have great physical energy, but they become extremely quiet when they are at rest. This restful period can lead others to think that they are not feeling well or that they are unhappy, when the truth is they are fine.

2. Creative folks tend to be both highly intelligent and naive at the same time.

3. Creative people are disciplined and playful simultaneously. In some creative people, this can mean that they are responsible and irresponsible at the same time as well.

4. Creative minds move between a spectrum of fantasy and imagination and a firm grounding in reality. They understand the present and need to keep in touch with the past.

5. Creative individuals seem to be both introverted and extroverted, expressing both traits at once. An image to explain this might be that they are shy showoffs, if you can picture that.

6. Creative people are sincerely humble and extremely proud in a childlike way. It requires ego to have a risky, fresh idea. It takes self-doubt to hammer it out to a workable form.

7. Creative folks don’t feel as tied to gender roles. They feel distinctly individual. They don’t feel the barriers of authority or the rules of what they are “supposed to do.”

8. Creative individuals are thought to be rebellious. Yet, in order to be creative one has to understand and have internalized the traditional culture. Therefore creativity comes from deep roots in tradition. Creative people are traditional and cutting edge.

9. Creative people are deeply passionate about their work, yet can be extremely detached and objective when discussing it.

10. Creative people are highly open and sensitive, which exposes them to pain and suffering, but also allows them to feel higher values of joy and happiness.


Nicola Moss said...
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Nicola Moss said...

This is GREAT Candy, I can really relate to the mix and contradictions of characteristics that make us creative people. Sometimes I wonder if people only see one side of these traits, or if they realise there is a balance.

Candice Herne said...

Yes too true Nicola. What people hear and visualize in regards to creativity and the arts is interesting. I like my ears. Although if I didn't, I could always get pundits, to cut them off.Culture??????????