Have you ever been told that you daydream often? That you are good at thinking outside the box? Perhaps you are a highly creative person. Most people believe that creativity is unique and hard to achieve. An uncommon ability, a natural talent. Science, however, reveals that creativity is learned and can be more common than you believe.
In reality, a lot of what we know about creative people has been debunked in recent times. For example, have you heard that creativity is regulated from the right side of the brain? Well, that’s a myth!
While we still have a lot to learn about creative and imaginative minds, there are a few notable features and differences that exist between highly creative people and non-creative people. Perhaps you can relate to a few of them!
Here are 5 Surprising Traits of Highly Creative People that you may not have known:
1. They are open to new experiences
Creative people tend to enjoy seeking out new experiences. When most people disdain certain experiences or reject them, creative people are more likely to try them out. Whether it’s a new activity, perspective, meeting new people, or trying something new, creative people like to learn and discover more.
Research has therefore shown that this urge to seek new things actually contributes to, and benefits their creative work too! According to American psychologist James Kaufman, ”Openness to experience is consistently the strongest predictor of creative achievement”. He found, in his research, that highly creative individuals enjoy three types of engagement that constitute openness.
Intellectual engagement is about an interest in truth and ideas; loving problem-solving.
Affective engagement is the desire to understand other people; using empathy and compassion.
Aesthetic engagement is the tendency to react emotionally, appreciate, and explore art.
What engagement are you most associated with? Perhaps you are more creative and open to new experiences than you think!
2. They love to express themselves
Creative individuals often look for opportunities to learn more about themselves. In doing so, they usually end up wanting to find ways through creativity and self-expression to demonstrate their inner beliefs and interests. Have you ever written a song about a personal experience, or did you paint a piece that represented an emotion you felt? That could be a sign you ‘re a highly creative person.
3. They learn and persevere from their mistakes
Highly creative people are one of the most persistent and determined types of people. Why? Because they resist giving up after each failure, knowing that each failure leads to more improvement each time. Highly creative people also realize that the secret to success lies in hard work and commitment.
Maybe if you find yourself struggling in creativity, you should try to do things that will boost your self-esteem, like doing something kind to someone or writing down your accomplishments!
4. They aren’t afraid to be alone
Everyone feels sad at times when they’re alone, it’s natural and normal to feel this way. However, creative people find it slightly easier to be alone, preferring to work by themselves to focus more easily. Being alone doesn’t always bother them it helps them to think and reflect on new ideas!
5. They are intuitive
Although this doesn’t apply to every creative person out there, the majority of highly creative and imaginative people are intuitive. They follow their heart, not their brain, and this can often cause them to take huge risks, whether the result is positive or not. Highly creative people often do not follow the norm, they prefer to follow their instincts.
Intuition is the base of creativity! Going with the flow and creating something out of nothing is exactly what creativity is.
Thank you for reading! Do you relate to any of these traits? Let me know in the comments below!