More than ever before, our world needs people who are alive and inspired, who have new visions, new ideas for implementing them, and most of all filled with new energy. However, as much as corporations, classrooms, and clinical centres say they want to support creativity, they usually end up stifling it. For one thing, creative people are often misunderstood as indisciplined, or misdiagnosed as having a personality disorder, when in fact they are absolutely healthy within a creative norm, and capable of brilliant work when recognized, nurtured, and supported in developing their expressive capacities.
If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude. Like the colour white that includes all colours, they tend to bring together the entire range of human possibilities within themselves. Creativity allows for paradox, light, shadow, inconsistency, even chaos –and creative people experience both extremes with equal intensity.
So, let’s get to know a few more characteristics of creative people which make them different from others.
1. Highly energetic
If you’d ever live or spend time with a creative person you’d discover that they are a great deal of physical energy alternating with a great need for quiet and rest. They are shifting between all these.
2. Libido keeps changing
Creative people are often highly sexual, yet sometimes extremely celibate, especially when working. They are serious about what they do. Never taking anything trivial.
3. Both Smart & Naive
Yeah, that’s right! Creative people may exhibit two properties by being smart and naïve at the same time. A mix of wisdom and childishness. Emotional immaturity along with the deepest insights. Did you get it? Oh, take a chill, be easy on yourself. You will soon get the thing.
4. Social or not?
Well, actually both extroverted and introverted. People with highly creative minds are something more or less like that, they end up needing people and sometimes staying in their own solitude equally.
5. Convergent and Divergent
They have convergent (rational, using the left brain, sound judgment) as well as divergent (intuitive, using the right brain, visionary) thinking. Divergence is the ability to generate plenty of ideas, to switch from one perspective to another, and to pick unusual associations of ideas. Convergence involves evaluation and choice. Creative people have the capacity to think both ways.
6. Defy gender stereotypes
While it may sound a bit awkward but a few cases of creative people have been observed as defying gender stereotypes and are likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other as well.
Quite strange, isn’t it?
7. Frank yet sensitive
A natural openness and sensitivity that often exposes them to extreme suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment. Despair alternates with bliss; despair when they aren’t working, and bliss when they are.
8. Rebellious or traditional?
Creative people may be a bit strange for most of the people around them who have known them for lesser time. They can be rebellious and independent on one hand, and traditional and conservative on the other.