Are you a creative person? Yes…No…Yes...I don’t know...Maybe. If one of these is your answer, you may need to know yourself in a better way. Creativity is not something that can be measured; it can only be shown through your work and achievements. But I have seen that most of the creative people don’t know whether they are creative or not. If you are one of them, don’t worry it’s quite normal. Sometimes we need to explore ourselves to bring out our creative side. If we examine the traits of highly creative people and delve into the research, the following 5 signs are common to all creative people:
Do you possess a complex personality?
Creative people usually possess complex personalities. They can experience conflicting emotions simultaneously. They are happy but also sad at the same time; they love solitude but suddenly they can also become the life of the party. Creative people tend to behave in two totally different ways at the same time; this particular trait is called ambivalence in psychology. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has conducted his research regarding the personality traits of creative and has come up with the conclusion that creative people possess multiple and conflicting emotions and ideas simultaneously. So, if you have a segregated personality you could be a creative person. But, hold on! Let’s see what’s the next sign is.
Do your friends find you Mysterious?
Creative people are mysterious; they are hard to understand. When you come to think that you have understood them, they may surprise you by showing an altogether different side of their personality. Have you heard about Leonardo da Vinci? The great painter, a prolific architect, mathematician, engineer etc etc. Historians have declared him a mysterious man. According to Art Historian Helen Gardner: “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”
Your mysterious personality can be a herald of your creative mind.
Do you want to sit alone for a period of time every day?
Creative people love their solitude. They may go to parties and enjoy family get-to-gethers but at the end of the day they want to spend some time alone. They find peace in loneliness. Unconsciously, they try to focus and explore their creativity side. Chase Jervis, an award winning photographer, claims that his creativity evolves when he spends his time alone. Albert Einstein said that he loves to go on long walks alone to listen to his inside self.
Are You a Sensitive Person?
Do you get hurt easily? Do you feel intensive agony and suffering? Yes? I can hear that. Creativity flourishes in sensitivity. Creative people are usually oversensitive. They can easily succumb to pain and depression. Creative people have to work hard to cope with their potential to be extra anxious and most of the times its trivial matters.
Do you love Challenges?
M.A. Collins in his book “The Handbook of Creativity” finds creative people more challenging. They accept new challenges and their enthusiastic and inquisitive nature compels them to explore new dimensions of life. They go for new experiences, learn from their failures and thus they are unstoppable.