Sunday, April 14, 2013

Creative people are complicated: this barely qualifies as news.

At the Huffington Post is an article about how complex creative people are.
 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is, as always, quoted:

...creative people "show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an "individual," each of them is a "multitude."

More from the article:

Introversion / Extroversion
  • All participants showed interest in physical activities but also reported requiring "alone time."
  • Most participants reported "overthinking everything" and being hypercritical, exhibiting critical attention to detail and a careful method of planning everything.
  • ...
Openness / Sensitivity
  • The musicians in Grimes's sample reported being in the zone onstage, and being able to "tune out" external stimuli unrelated to the task. At the same time, Grimes found a lot of the musicians reported a heightened sensitivity to their surroundings and their experience of sound, lighting, scents, etc.
  • All of the musicians reported some degree of unusual perceptions, especially relating to high sensory sensitivity.
  • ...

I don't want to quote too widely, but it is a good introduction to the subject.

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