Creative People: A Complex Personality


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“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity.” Writer Juliet Bruce, PhD adds that creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high-ee) says, “Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude." // See related article: "Creative People: Personality and Mental Health"

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Creative People: A Complex Personality

  1. 1. Creative People : A Complex Personality Part of webinar: Creative People: Personality and Mental Health 1
  2. 2. Personality• High Sensitivity• Self concept / esteem ... Mental Health• Anxiety• Depression• Trauma 2
  3. 3. Presenter: Douglas Eby M.A. / Psychology Creator of the Talent Development Resources series of sites 3
  4. 4. The Talent DevelopmentResources series of sites The Creative Mind Highly Sensitive High Ability The Inner Writer The Inner Actor Depression and Creativity and more sites 4
  5. 5. Some topics from my various sites and my book : Happiness - Mood "Developing Multiple Talents - Inspiration - Passion The personal side of creative expression" Courage - Fear - Anxiety EnvironmentIntelligence Relationships / ConnectionsObsession - Perseverance AddictionIdentity - Self Esteem CensorshipEccentricity Perfectionism - CriticismIntegrity Pressure to PerformAutonomy SchoolingHigh Sensitivity Work - CareerIntensity HealingSexuality MeaningAwareness - Thinking VisualizationIntuition IntentionMaturity Balance 5
  6. 6. Creativity researcher Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiBook: "Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention""If there is one word that makes creative peopledifferent from others, it is the word complexity." 6
  7. 7. Writer Juliet Bruce, PhD summarizes his article"The Creative Personality: Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality":A great deal of physical energy alternating with a great need for quiet and rest. Highly sexual, yet often celibate, especially when working. Smart and naïve at the same time. A mix of wisdom and childishness. 7
  8. 8. Convergent (rational, left brain, soundjudgment) 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 likely tohave not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other as well. 8
  9. 9. For more about the above article (and link to it), see my postThe Complex Personality of Creative People 9
  10. 10. Creative People: Personality and Mental Health See related videos, articles and more atthe TalentDevelop page for this presentation 10