A man named Mihaly (who the hell is he, anyway?) said that there are ten behavior paradoxes that own by creative people. Here they are:

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

Okay, I think this happened because creativity is a process. So, they (the creative people) are often quiet and at rest because they need to create peace, serenity, or else to get some inspiration. When they keep quiet, actually their mind is processing anything that they see for an inspiration. When the inspiration already come up, they are passionate to realizing it, so they put lot of physical energy there.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

Naive here means high curiosity. So, creative people are naive or curious about anything, that’s what makes them smart.

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

This proved that creative people are not rigid. They can be discipline or follow the rules, but they also add some playfulness to make thing not that stiff. I think because they feel that “do the things right” is not comforting for them, they are more likely to follow the philosophy of “do the right things”.

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

Imagination is the key for creativity. Creative people always fantasizing their ideas but also not to forget the reality because they will collide both to bring the fantasy into reality.

5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

They become introvert when they are looking for an inspiration. They often go out alone or contemplating in a quiet place alone to look for inspirations or ideas. But when they get the inspiration, they become extrovert to “publish” things that they get.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

The humble attitude is to make them can proud of themselves or their works to other people.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

Creative people cannot be limited, so they will break any border. Even the gender role, they will break it for creativity.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

Just like I said before, creative people are not rigid. The rebellious attitude is for the out-of-the-box ideas, and the conservativeness is guiding them to keep the ideas on the track.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

Every works they made are based from the heart. No wonder if their work is fulfilled with passion. So, once they are not satisfied with their works, they can be very objective because their heart says it’s not the right thing or not really good.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

Suffer and pain can bring inspiration for creative people. For example, I know a famous writer who can write good stories when she is in pain or sadness. She said that the sadness gives “natural feels” into her works. So, it’s true that suffering and pain is also a great deal of enjoyment.

Yeah, I guess that’s my (short and unimportant) analysis on the ten paradoxes. Cheers!

NB: Actually this is my second post of this topic! The first one was gone on the process of publishing due to the bad internet connection!!! Damn!


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