3 thoughts on “Are Introverts More Creative?

  • July 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I am a writer, storyteller and theatrical director – and my day job is supervising volunteer programs. Most people would describe me as being very extroverted. But I know that I am very shy and greatly value my alone time. I think many creative people who appear to be extroverts are people who are constantly pushing themselves out of their comfort zone because they want to share their art with others.

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  • July 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for your comments. Author Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts) says Barbra Streisand, who famously suffers from stage fright, is a shy extrovert, and points out “Shyness and introversion are not the same thing.” From my post Creative Introverts
    http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/07/creative-introverts/
    But a number of actors and other performers, I suspect, use the more common idea of shyness when describing themselves, when they may be introverted.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I am one of those highly sensitive, very creative (although not very artistic) extraverts you read so little about. I can almost feel the leakiness of my brain and how millions of sensory inputs give med thousands of ideas.
    It annoys me, or rather, it saddens me, when people say extraverts are less creative or that creatives are introverts. I really do need a lot of social interaction. Otherwise I go empty and depressed. I have been this way since I was little – sociable and creative. Very much both. I write a lot, but very often when I have discussed my thoughts with others. I get solitude when I sleep, and don’t really need much more.
    In other words, I don’t agree that introversion and creativity are the same.

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