10 Paradoxical Traits of Creative People sure explains a lot. Like how I’ve scored as an ENFP half the time and INFP half the time I’ve taken personality tests, or that I’m not right brain or left brain dominant, but somewhere in the middle. I’ve always known I’m a little different, ok, so more like weird. I’m just grateful that I had a family and community surrounding me that recognized my weirdness as imagination and creativity and helped me nurture those traits, rather than making me feel like a freak.
The article explains how creative people are often living paradoxes: both intelligent and naive, responsible and silly, energetic yet at peace, proud and humble, simultaneously an extrovert and an introvert. We walk the line between extremes because we know that being, and staying, creative has a lot to do with experiencing both the highs and the lows, taking everything life throws your way as an opportunity to grow and to create something. The creative process varies for everyone, but however you create, in whatever art form you express yourself, you are participating in a process that is at the very core of what it means to be alive and to be human. Life is full of contradictions and contrasts, and likewise so is art and creative expression. It makes sense that creative people are similarly complex. I believe anyone can be creative and everyone is an artist, it’s an innate part of us that might just need to be remembered and practiced to be maintained.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”