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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality

Posted Feb 03 2011 12:50pm

Researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi notes creative people are especially complex. “Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.”

Personality characteristics he describes include:

* Humble and proud, both painfully self-doubting and wildly self-confident.

* May defy gender stereotypes, and are likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other as well. A kind of psychic androgyny.

The photo is Tilda Swinton, at the 2008 Oscars, where she won for her role in “Michael Clayton.”

Part of her power as an actor and many of her characters is in their androgynous looks and energies.

Swinton has said she is fascinated by the question, “How do we identify ourselves, and how do we settle into other people’s expectations for our identity?”

Read more traits of creative people in my post The Complexity of the Creative Personality .


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