Do you feel confident about calling yourself an artist, or a creative person? Or do self-doubts get in the way?
Artists are at times depicted in movies and media in ways that promote myths about what it takes to be a “real” singer, writer, actor, painter or other creator.
Buying in to the negative aspects of those depictions and myths – for example, the “crazy artist” idea – can distort our self concept, our sense of identity as a creative person, and limit what we think we can do creatively.
“My psyche’s fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart.” Jodie Foster
Another famous INTJ: Isaac Asimov. He has commented: “[People think] a scientist is cold… and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong… The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational..."
“Psychologists have known for many years that mindsets have a huge impact on your mood, your perceptual abilities and your general level of happiness. And mindset is probably the most important influence on your creative ability.”
From description in my article for the Mastering Creativity course by Michael Gelb. Also read about his other classes and books.
How does our self concept, our identity, affect creative expression? How do we find creative passions and how does pursuing them demand changes in our life? One example of an artist who has addressed these questions is photographer Natalie Fobes.
"As children, fear is a natural part of our lives, but as adults we view fear as a disease. It’s not a disease." - Psychologist Robert Maurer //
“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” James Thurber //
Ben Stiller stars in and directs a movie version of Thurber’s famous story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and comments, “At a certain point, you want to be taking chances. That’s when you’re having the most vital experiences.”
"Psychologists have known for many years that mindsets have a huge impact on your mood, your perceptual abilities and your general level of happiness. And mindset is probably the most important influence on your creative ability." -
Mastering Creativity program with New York Times bestselling author Michael Gelb - Live training starts Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Maggie Taylor creates digital photomontages "to invite the viewer to engage and recollect, almost like entering a stage set or a scene from a dream... Making images for me is a way of life. I can’t imagine not doing it."
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Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for developing creative projects.
Maybe you kept a diary, or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, and to track your thinking and inspiration. In one video here, en*theos CEO Brian Johnson comments, “I love using journals to capture my thoughts.” In another video, Lisa Sonora Beam talks about the power of visual journaling.
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