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You’re Not Mad, You’re Creative: Orna Ross on the creative personality type

Posted Jan 23 2010 5:50pm

In her Creativity Portal article, You’re Not Mad, You’re Creative, Orna Ross invites us to rid ourselves of self-blame and criticism stemming from misunderstanding our creative abilities. With the help of an insightful self-test, we can revision our past and present experiences, and recognize, nurture and protect our gifts that may otherwise seem disruptive and chaotic. Here are some excerpts:

“While the [creative] person is all too aware of their problems, they are often unaware of their abilities.

“This, allied with the fact that they live in a society that prefers linear, rational thinking and behaviour, makes them try to fit into situations that don’t suit them — and then blame themselves when that doesn’t work out.

“Hence: ‘I’m too sensitive’; ‘I’m too much of a perfectionist’; ‘I think too much’.

“Over time, self-blame and lack of understanding leads many bright, creative people into marginalized lives as adults — underemployed, dissatisfied and often in tremendous psychological pain.

“Creativity is a wonderful ability — but it is not always experienced that way. It can cause problems when you, or your nearest and dearest, do not understand what it means, in practical terms.”

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Orna Ross is an Irish novelist and creative nonfiction writer and has taught creative principles, writing and freewriting. Read more at www.ornaross.com.

Related:
Articles: Mental Health and Fitness
The Creative Personality Type: Paradoxes of Creative People
Misdiagnosis of gifted adults: Dysfunctions versus aptitudes
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