How Do Artists Differ From Bank Officers?

Think you’re special, do you? Artistic. Sensitive. Unique.

The way we see it, if you’re visiting TVWriter™ you probably are. But that’s just us. Time now for some real proof. (Or at least some Very Important Facts to help you – and us too – get through another creative day:)

artisteby Scott Barry Kaufman, Pd.D.

What are creative people like? As we saw in my prior post, various creativity researchers tend to converge on the same conclusion: creative people are complex. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but often need their rest. They tend to be both introverted and extroverted at the same darn time. And perhaps most strikingly, their high levels of openness to experience and sensitivity expose them to great suffering and pain as well as intense joy and euphoria.

But wait a minute: isn’t that everyone? For instance, tell me if this description applies to you:

You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. At times you have serious doubts whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing.

What do you think? Did I peer into your soul and observe the real you? Do I understand you like no one else?

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