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Article by Wendy McCance
I have often wondered if extremely successful creative types fell under a certain type of personality. The reason it fascinates me so much is because of my own personality. There have been many times where I envied a friend who had that outgoing, spunky personality that seemed to make every moment tremendously fun. These were the friends who looked for constant social interactions. They never seemed to require down time and never burnt out from too much activity.
I, on occasion would wish for the energy they possessed. I would wonder what it would be like to constantly be on the go without a moment to regroup or relax. personally, I enjoy alone time where I can develop my creativity through art or writing much more than finding my entertainment from friends or through outside activities.
I would describe my personality as that of the observer. I am fascinated with watching and analyzing situations and the way that others interact in different settings. I do enjoy going out on occasion and catching up with friends. I just enjoy being alone or with my family more.
If I could, I would have a studio in my home. The room would be stacked full of books and art supplies would be everywhere. I would use the room to write, draw and listen to music. If I had the time and no responsibilities, who knows how many days I would be in that room before dragging myself out into the light for a break from the creative process.
I love that my husband has a creative mind as well. He is more mechanical in nature. He likes to build things and make them run. Think computer programming meets carpentry meets an electrician meets a mad scientist. When he gets that creative urge, he becomes as sucked in as I do. We joke that when we retire we will have a home with a pole barn on several acres. He will have the first level of the barn for his studio and I will have the second level for mine.
All of this rambling brings me to a movie I saw the other day. It was called The September Issue. It’s an older movie about Anna Wintour who is the editor-in-chief at Vogue magazine. What struck me about the movie was the isolation of the editor-in-chief. Anna Wintour is extremely creative and decisive. Her days are filled with appointments, shows and meetings yet she seems a bit on the outside of all that is going on. She is an outsider looking in at a well run machine of dedicated people. Although she is in charge of all that is put together for the magazine, she is detached. Somehow almost seeming robotic in nature.
I have read up on what some of the most creative people were like and I have to say, it does seem that most of these highly creative people were introverts. It’s comforting to know that not only have I found my passion for writing, but it seems that my personality type makes writing a good fit.
I don’t know how you feel about the theory that highly creative people tend to be introverts. Maybe you are very creative but are much more of an extrovert. Let me know what you think and where you feel that your personality falls.
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