Creative People: Insecurity and Androgyny

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Writer Larry Kane commented about his bio Lennon Revealed: “People would be surprised at how insecure John Lennon was, and his lack of self esteem. … Tilda Swinton once commented she is “very often referred to as ‘Sir’ in elevators and such…I think people just can’t imagine I’d be a woman if I look like this.”

Kathleen Noble, PhD, a professor and psychotherapist who works with many gifted clients, said in our interview, “Gifted women tend to be highly androgynous… they tend to combine qualities that we ascribe to both genders."

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Creative People: Insecurity and Androgyny

  1. 1. Creative People : Insecurity and AndrogynyPart of webinar:Creative People:Personality and Mental Health 2
  2. 2. Presenter: Douglas Eby M.A. / Psychology Creator of the Talent Development Resources series of sites
  3. 3. CREATIVITY RESEARCHERMIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI Following points are from a summary of his article "The Creative Personality: Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality":
  4. 4. Convergent (rational, left brain, sound judgment) and divergent (intuitive, right brain, visionary) thinking…Both extroverted and introverted, needing people and solitude equally. Humble and proud, both painfully self- doubting and wildly self-confident.May defy gender stereotypes, and are likelyto have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other as well. 5
  5. 5. “Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.” John Lennon 6
  6. 6. Tilda Swinton oncecommented she is “veryoften referred to as ‘Sir’in elevators and such...I think people just can’timagine I’d be a woman if I look like this.” 7
  7. 7. “Gifted women tend to be highly androgynous… they tend to combine qualities that we ascribe to both genders." Kathleen NoblePhoto: Sandra Tsing Loh is a Caltech graduate in physics and an accomplished writer, performer, radio commentator, contributing editor, etc. 8
  8. 8. Creative People: Personality and Mental HealthSee related videos, articles and more at the Talent Development Resources page for this presentation 9

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