Ten contradictory traits of creative people

I can relate to this list I found over at Kottke:

This beautiful excerpt from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention beautifully illustrates why it’s so hard to pin down creativity and creative people. His book passes the Lindy test — it was written many years ago, which is incredible in today’s world of pop psychology.

Are there no traits that distinguish creative people? If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it would be complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes – instead of being an ‘individual’, each of them is a ‘multitude’. These qualities are present in all of us, but usually we are trained to develop only one pole of the dialectic. We might grow up cultivating the aggressive, competitive side of our nature, and disdain or repress the nurturant, cooperative side. A creative individual is more likely to be both aggressive and cooperative, either at the same time or at different times, depending on the situation. Having a complex personality means being able to express the full range of traits that are potentially present in the human repertoire.

  1. Creative individuals have a great deal of physical energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest.
  2. Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same time.
  3. A third paradoxical trait refers to the related combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.
  4. Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and a rooted sense of reality at the other.
  5. Creative people seem to harbor opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion.
  6. Creative individuals are also remarkably humble and proud at the same time.
  7. Creative individuals to a certain extent escape this rigid gender role stereotyping [of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’].
  8. Creative people are both traditional and conservative and at the same time rebellious and iconoclastic.
  9. Creative persons are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.
  10. The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering and pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment.

Daughter of two covid sufferers finally gets through to her parents

I’m jealous.

There’s a story at Sorry Antivaxxers about a couple, 42 and 40 years old, who were hospitalized for Covid. Their daughter is in med school and tried her damnedest to tell her parents and their friends on social medias to get vaccinated.

They didn’t listen.

The parents both got sick and they finally realized that rolling the dice without the vaccine is NOT worth it.

I’m jealous because a pro-science person got through to her loved ones.

I’m heartbroken that it took this kind of pain and suffering to get through to them.

I’ve written several times that I hoped that the pandemic would pull us toward a better understanding of science. What happened was a (successful) misinformation campaign.

You can read the whole post for yourself. Here’s a screen cap from Facebook of one conversation. Monica Voss is the mom. Faith is the daughter. It’s quite the exchange.