Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways.
Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity, far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional).
....psychologically, creative personality types are ... complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. ...not just a stereotype of the "tortured artist" -- artists really may be more complicated people.
Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, [said], "Imaginative people have messier minds."
Excerpts from the full list of 18:
They daydream. Creative types know that daydreaming is anything but a waste of time. ...mind-wandering can aid in the process of "creative incubation." ...from experience [we know] that our best ideas come seemingly out of the blue when our minds are elsewhere.
They observe everything.
Henry James is widely quoted, a writer is someone on whom "nothing is lost."
They take time for solitude."In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone," wrote the American existential psychologist Rollo May.
They turn life's obstacles around. Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people to grow in the areas of interpersonal relationships, spirituality, appreciation of life, personal strength, and -- most importantly for creativity -- seeing new possibilities in life.
They take risks.
.... "Creativity is the act of making something from nothing. It requires making public those bets first placed by imagination. This is not a job for the timid. Time wasted, reputation tarnished, money not well spent -- these are all by-products of creativity gone awry."
They make time for mindfulness.
Creative types understand the value of a clear and focused mind -- because their work depends on it. Many artists, entrepreneurs, writers and other creative workers, such as David Lynch, have turned to meditation as a tool for tapping into their most creative state of mind.
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