As part of their identity, creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways.
In a post on her Creative Synthesis blog, Lisa Rivero refers to the creative research and writing of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who “studied the lives of over 90 eminent creative producers and thinkers to learn what they had in common.” [One of his books: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.]
Rivero notes, “What he found is that the creative personality has no template. Being adaptable is key to using our creativity effectively, so we cannot expect even our own personality to be the same from one creative venture to the next.” I appreciate his ideas on the complexity of the creative personality, such as being “Both extroverted and introverted..."
Nicole Kidman travels and speaks globally as an actor, and as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and for UNIFEM, but has said “I am very shy – really shy..."