Qualities of Creative Individuals – care to do a self-assessment?

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Here’s an oldie and goodie. This list of characteristics is excerpted from “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention”  by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, 1996, who is a noted researcher on happiness and creativity.

Creativity assessment:  You can use his descriptors as a checklist to see which apply to you.

  • Creative individuals have a great deal of physical energy, and they are also often quiet.
  • Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naïve at the same time.
  • A third paradoxical trait refers to the related combination of playfulness and discipline.
  • Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and a rooted sense of reality at the other.
  • Creative people seem to harbor opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion, seem to express both traits at the same time.
  • Creative individuals are also remarkably humble and proud at the same time.
  • Creative individuals to a certain extent escape rigid gender stereotyping.
  • Generally, creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent as well as cultured/traditionalist.
  • Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.
  • The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering and pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment.

So, how do you think of yourself with regards to your creativity?  New ideas and new decisions anyone?

About marcisegal

Founder, World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21. Speaker,
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4 Responses to Qualities of Creative Individuals – care to do a self-assessment?

  1. Cheekyredhead says:

    I very much need to re-read the book!

  2. Gail Kent says:

    Thanks, if the shoe fits…
    I’ll look forward to exploring your blog later.

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