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Barbara Sher: Having Many Interests Is Not a Disorder


Do you have a wide range of passionate interests, even "too many"? Maybe you have never "settled down" into a well-defined career. Maybe you think you have ADHD - and maybe you do, but you may really be what Barbara Sher refers to as a Scanner.

In her video below, she notes it may not be the best term, and there are others such as “Polymath,” “Renaissance Soul,” or pejorative ones like “Dilettante.”

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Identity

Using Your Creative Voice

Do you express yourself creatively - or in other ways - as fully and authentically as you want? If you're like most of us, the answer is No. For one thing, our inner dialogue can be less than helpful or encouraging.

Author Pearl Cleage points out some of the ways our inner critic may dampen our creative voice:

"I think one of the things that writers and creative artists generally have to deal with is the censors that we have in our heads, the voices that we have that say you better not tell that and don't tell that, and people will think you're not a good girl, and your grandmother's going to be mad at you and all of those things." [via brainyquote.com]

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Creative Thinking

Art Is Being In The World


What is art? Where do you make it? Where do you show it?

How you think about those questions can impact how you see yourself as a creator, and what you do about being one.

Artist Robert Irwin, a pioneer of the Light and Space movement, in 1970 abandoned his studio practice.

In a recent interview, he comments:

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Identity

Are All Creative People Insecure?


Even people with exceptional creative talents and accomplishments can feel insecure.

Meryl Streep, for example, has said, “I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing…You can have a perfectly horrible day where you doubt your talent… Or that you’re boring and they’re going to find out that you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Over the years of reading biographies and doing interviews with many highly talented and creative people, it has often struck me how many of them talk about being self-critical, and feel insecure at times.

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Creative Thinking

Using Our Shadow Self for Creativity

“The unconscious is our best collaborator."
Director Mike Nichols added, "I try to let the participants [in my movies] have downtime before shooting and after rehearsal, so our secret collaborator can do its work." [AARP Magazine Jan/Feb 2004]

From post: Collaborating With Our Shadow Side.
"All of us have a dark side.”
Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. of Psych Central goes on to explain:

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Creative Thinking

The INTJ Personality and Being Creative Part 2

[Continued from Part 1.] Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman comments in an article about some of the problems with categorizing and typing people:

"The most common misunderstanding of the extraversion-introversion dimension is that introverts are more introspective than extroverts. In reality, introverts are not necessarily introspective and highly introspective people aren't necessarily introverted."

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Consciousness

The INTJ Personality and Being Creative

"My psyche's fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart."
According to PersonalityPage.com, a website "about Psychological Type, created by the view from the shoulders of Carl G. Jung, and the work of Isabel Briggs Myers, creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)", the INTJ type is "Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging (Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Thinking)."

Jodie Foster is among many people on lists of the various Myers-Briggs personality types, such as the page Famous INTJs.

She has commented, "I can basically put my emotions aside and go headfirst, but it's something I have to watch, because sometimes I don't know how I feel about things... Until years later," she says, and laughs.

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Creative Thinking

Introvert Power To Be Creative

"When I began this book, I wanted to resolve the paradox of meditating in the mosh pit — to emancipate introverts from the constraints of an extroverted society. But the reality of the mosh pit woke me up to something new."
Psychologist Laurie Helgoe also writes in her book "Introvert Power" about her early life - perhaps you can relate, especially if you are introverted and/or highly sensitive:

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