Or the simplicity of attitudes

My last participation in the ECCI XII was in an environment of celebration in honor of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi where I had the opportunity to feed my thoughts on creativity.

Mihaly is a psychologist with long work in the area of creativity and left me to reflect a very interesting aspect of complexity. It is the complexity of personality of creative people.

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives and if we reflect a bit we find that most things that are interesting and important to us are the result of creativity

If you look at people that normally we call creative we see that their way of thinking and acting is not dominated by thoughts and actions that are being filtered as it seems to happen in the others.

The creative people live in extreme contradictory. They are not a very strong fixed point at anything. They travel between experimentation and discipline or between conservatism and rebelliousness.

What do you think about you?

Personality traits of creative individuals 

As an exercise of reflection I propose you a small challenge:

Select from 1 to 5 which, and write on a blank sheet, which  is the closest point that you think you to lie in your day to day.

1-Great energy, vitality, “bounce” 1 2 3 4 5 Ability to rest, sleep at will.

2-Smartness, convergent thinking 1 2 3 4 5 Naiveté, childishness, divergent thinking

3-Playfulness, openness to experience 1 2 3 4 5 Discipline, responsibility.

4-Imagination, fantasy1 2 3 4 5 Reality, oriented.

5-Extroverted, sociable 1 2 3 4 5 Introverted, solitary.

6-Ambitious, proud, competitive 1 2 3 4 5 Humble, selfless, cooperative.

7-Sensitive, feminine 1 2 3 4 5 Adventurous, masculine.

8-Traditional, conservative 1 2 3 4 5 Rebellious, iconoclast.

9-Attached, involved, passionate 1 2 3 4 5 Detached, aloof, objective.

10-Suffering, vulnerable, insecure 1 2 3 4 5 Joyful, strong, self-confident.

The result is not important, but I would like to remind you that if you don’t like it strive for get where you want.

“Our education is based on a game of chess and not a type of poker!” Why?

Thank you for having shared this “game”!




5 Responses to The complexity of creative people

  1. Interesting… I answered 3 to all. And indeed my life is profoundly contradictory.

    • Jose Baldaia says:

      Hi Ricardo!
      Thank you for your comment!
      What I think is important is to think about it! Not the scale! 🙂

  2. I found this rather interesting. I’ve never considered myself a creative person. I’m fairly good at problem/puzzle-solving, but I’ve never been one to simply create something out of the blue.

    This small reflection made me think if, when not a born talent at it, creativity can be just another “muscle” that needs practice in order to fully come out, or to achieve a certain balance between the points you mentioned.

    Thanks for this, cheers.

  3. I am a conundrum (so they say). This makes me think.

  4. Maxine Horn says:

    Being a divergent thinking rebel I got too distracted to do the test!

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