The Creative Personality: 4 Key Traits & How To Develop Them

Research shows the world’s most successful creative people possess certain traits of personality. Here’s how to develop them in yourself and what may stand in your way.

Larry G. Maguire
Jul 31, 2019 · 11 min read

The Common Belief About Creativity And What Happens When Were Unable To Access It

“ Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t “try” to do things. You simply “must” do things.” — Ray Bradbury

The Heightened Emotional Brain & The Effects of Stress on Creativity

“When there is stress, it is usually a sign that the ego has returned, and you are cutting yourself off from the creative power of the universe.” — Eckhart Tolle

What Happens When Rationality & Emotion Is Balanced

“You need feeling, emotion, to create. You can’t create out of indifference.” — Leo Tolstoy

The 4 Traits of The Autotelic Personality

“An autotelic experience is very different from the feelings we typically have in the course of life. So much of what we ordinarily do has no value in itself, and we do it only because we have to do it, or because we expect some future benefit from it”

— Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

1. Goals Are Intrinsic

2. Work Is Immersive

3. Attention Is Unwavering

4. Work Is Inherently Enjoyable

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing”

— Annie Dillard

Transmutation of Conditions

“The truth is that play seems to be one of the most advanced methods nature has invented to allow a complex brain to create itself.”

- Stuart Brown MD

The Creative Challenge

“Why have I stressed professionalism so heavily? Because the most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying” — Steven Pressfield

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