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Emotional Intelligence To Be Creative

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“I am the kind of person that feels so much that if I didn’t have acting (and music), I would burst from all of the emotion inside!”  – Actor Gloria Reuben

“I don’t like emotions… For some reason I’m more comfortable in imaginary circumstances.” – Actor William H. Macy

Do you remember how much you felt and thought as a child? Probably a lot if you are creative, especially if you are gifted or highly sensitive.

As an adult, we may have learned to cover up or set aside much of our inner life, in order to get along with others and do our jobs.

But if we want to be more fully alive and creative, it can really help to understand and stay in charge of our thinking and feelings.

From my post: Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative.

Emotional intelligence – how we relate to our feelings – is a key element in a full and creative live.

Musician and actor Lady Gaga notes: “Emotional intelligence affects your future and your opportunities; your ability to live a happy life. It affected my ability to live a happy life and still does.”

As noted on the related Yale site, “On October 24, 2015, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Born This Way Foundation – created by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, – hosted the Emotion Revolution Summit to build awareness of the critical role emotions play in young people’s learning, decision-making, academic achievement, and overall wellness.”

Lady Gaga comments about how so many people – especially teens – may have learned to shut down:

“Our emotions are put in this compartment with a massive stigma around it that it is just not cool to feel. We have to make it cool to feel again.”

From site: Yale / The Emotion Revolution.

[By the way, Lady Gaga was identified as a gifted adolescent, and at age 17 achieved early admission to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.]

Here is a short video excerpt from her conversation at the Summit. She noted, “I have some sort of anxiety or depression – something that’s changed my whole life.”

[Photo is from Facebook/LadyGaga and is a reference to #IAmNotJustAnxious – a Twitter hashtag campaign in 2015.]

Related page: Performers With Stage Fright and Anxiety – includes some links to resources for relieving anxiety.

>> Continued in Part 2


Emotional Intelligence To Be Creative

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2016). Emotional Intelligence To Be Creative. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 31, 2020, from


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