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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Consciousness

Trusting Your Instincts to Be Creative


Being creative, realizing our talents and crafting a fulfilling life involve self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths. Many artists, psychologists and others refer to access to our creative inner depths as instinct or intuition.

Actor Jodie Foster describes what many artists want in their work:

“You look for films that hit you in the gut, in this unconscious place that really moves you, then you can’t help but make the movie because it’s something that you fear and you want to know more about it.”

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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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Consciousness

Leaky Attention and Being More Creative

"Poor sensory gating, the ability to filter unnecessary stimuli from the brain, correlated with a higher number of lifetime creative achievements."
Being a highly sensitive person may include letting an unusually high level of information in to our nervous systems, which can lead to feeling overwhelmed by emotional and sensory input at times, but may also help explain why sensitive people are often artists and creators.

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Identity

The Artist As Outsider

Being a misfit or outsider can be distressing or downright painful, especially as a teen, but many artists say it is part of their experience that helps them be more creative. Writer Anne Rice talks about being "a bad student, I daydreamed in class, wrote stories in my notebooks. I learned the basics, but most of my active intellectual life was outside of school. It was acutely painful because [my sister and I] felt different, like misfits. Our individuality was almost irrepressible, but I wanted to fit in."

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Consciousness

Sex and Energy and Creativity


"If I was in denial about my sexuality, I'd be in denial about aspects of my work, which deals with personal revelations." Artist Tracey Emin

“Sexuality is the greatest gift we’ve been given. Its energy is the basis of creativity, love, ambition, desire, life. Sexuality has gotten all these bad raps because it’s so powerful.” Writer Eve Ensler

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Consciousness

Michael Gelb on How To Be More Creative


In his writings and presentations about being creative, Michael Gelb addresses many topics, including being sensitive and creative:

"Every sound and every silence provides an opportunity to deepen auditory attunement; but city sounds can be overwhelming and cause us to dull our sensitivity.

"Surrounded by noises from televisions, airplanes, subways and automobiles, most of us 'tune out' for self-protection."

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