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Creative Characteristics

The Huffington Post published an interesting article on the characteristics and traits of creative people. While we can agree that there's more to creativity than an inclination for left- or right-brain activity, there's no denying that it's complicated.  

"Psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they're complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it's not just a stereotype of the "tortured artist" -- artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person.

"It's actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self," Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. "The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self ... Imaginative people have messier minds."

While there's no "typical" creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently."

Click here to read the complete article, written by Carolyn Gregoire and originally published by the Huffington Post.

What do you think? Does this sound like you?


About the Author: Carolyn Gregoire is a features editor at the Huffington Post. She has spoken at TEDx and the Harvard Public Health Forum, and appeared on MSNBC and The TODAY Show. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, where she studied philosophy and English literature.


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