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Be Normal or Be Creative

“I don’t know what ‘normal’ means, anyway.”
How does being unusual or eccentric in our viewpoints, thinking, personal style and other choices help us be more creative and innovative?

Karl Lagerfeld, the prominent fashion designer, photographer, publisher, and artistic director of Chanel, has very eclectic and unusual tastes in clothing – so I would consider him one example of an eccentric creator.

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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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Joss Stone – Artist and Empath

Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD is perhaps the leading expert on high sensitivity, or more technically, sensory processing sensitivity.

She explains that the trait includes a higher level of empathy:

“Highly sensitive individuals are those born with a tendency to notice more in their environment and deeply reflect on everything before acting, as compared to those who notice less and act quickly and impulsively. As a result, sensitive people, both children and adults, tend to be empathic, smart, intuitive, creative, careful, and conscientious…”

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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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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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The INTJ Personality and Being Creative

"My psyche's fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart."
According to, 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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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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