Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ten paradoxical traits of creative people?

I generally have my doubts about this kind of non-scientific “study,” but as a person who tends to self-identify as “creative,” I have to admit that I recognize myself in more than a few of these points. To some extent with all 10, really, although I’m particularly down with 1, 2, 6, 7 and oh, yes, especially 5.

Here’s a summary of the 10 key traits from FastCompany.com.  Click here for writer Faisal Hoque’s full article online.

  1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they're also often quiet and at rest.
  2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.
  3.  Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.
  4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.
  5. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted.
  6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.
  7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.
  8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.
  9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.
  10. Creative people's openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.
What do you think?  Do you identify as "creative," and if so, can you relate to these "paradoxical traits"?