Paradoxes of creative people

Thought of reblogging something originally from a longer article on Psychology Today by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi. Don't ask me to type that name again. But I hope this will help us know ourselves even just a little better, "to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they (we) come up with new ideas and new things," wrote Mr. Csik~, who sadly also makes psychic apparatus remarks in the article.

Since creative personalities can get more complex than others, it helps that they check themselves more often and ask whether they live a coherent (ergo, more heroic) life. Never mind psychology, and never mind that Walt Whitman said in one of my loved/hated poems, which any student of anthropology or philosophy or the humanities would find very amusing, annoying and baffling at the same time:

"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
Photo of our Secret Santa draw the other night
by @_claireness.

So here are the ten paradoxical traits of creative people:

  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, with contrasting poles of wisdom and childishness.
  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, more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one, too.
  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.