Creativity Throughout time societies have celebrated creativity and the arts. While evaluating art is subjective, humans recognize and value truly magnificent pieces of art or brilliant performances. Many people are born with certain gifts, such as a gift of creativity. However, many people who are creative tend to do things in their own timeframe, more so than their counterparts in other fields. While this can be a challenge, creative people are born with some interesting and incredibly beneficial traits.

Creative Traits

Creative individuals have certain traits in commonThey are:

  1. Original:  When faced with a challenge, the creatives always search for a new solution
  2. Nonjudgmental:  Instead of passing judgment, creative people tend to listen to others’ viewpoints, gather all facts, and respond from a place of information.
  3. Intuitive: Creative individuals tap into their innate wisdom instead of blindly following authority.
  4. Openminded and curious: To them, the world is a classroom.  They are students of life.
  5. Adventurous:  They live to discover and never tire of it.

Playtime

Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung, divided the human psyche into twelve archetypes.  Although each of us has more than one archetype, typically one of those dominates.  He suggested that people, in whom The Creator personality is strongest, tend to operate on a play instinct rather than an intellectual one.  They play with what they love.  For example, actors love to play with personae. While they may use their intellect to decide how best to portray a certain character, it is their play instinct that creates the intricacies of the character.

How the Creative Mind Works

According to Graham Wallas, author of Art of Thought, creative thinking occurs in five steps.

  1. Preparation:  any steps that may focus the thinker’s mind on the problem.
  2. Incubation:  Letting the problem sit in the unconscious mind.
  3. Intimation: Sensing that the answer if arriving.
  4. Illumination: Having an answer
  5. Verification: testing the answer.

Group Play

Creative individuals are mostly introverts, preferring to work alone.  When it comes to group play, an ideal setting for them is to work with one or two peers, where every member has equal say and a chance to say it.  They listen to and respect others’ views.  In fact, in collaborative settings, they use their peers’ opinions during the verification stage of thinking to finalize an idea.

The Importance of Emotions

Emotions fuel creativity.  They are its raw material.  Creative individuals have a gift of redirecting their emotions, regardless of its type, into their art.  This willingness to explore one’s emotions results in the ability to connect to the world in meaningful ways.

Brainstorming

Regardless of their chosen profession, the creative types are idea machines.  So they can contribute greatly to a brainstorming session, provided that the environment is completely non-judgmental. In the words of Alex Osborn: “Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom and discouragement nips it in the bud.”

While these individuals are great sources of ideas, they need time after brainstorming to narrow their list to the best idea.

In work situations, difficulties arise when a creative person works for one who is more time oriented.  The pressure to move things along can have negative implications, because it doesn’t allow the creative individual to perform at his best.

The Best Scenario

In a perfect world, a creative member of any team should have time to fully develop his ideas. While meeting deadlines is a serious matter, it is of the utmost importance for the project organizers to understand the creative process.  For optimum results and to increase productivity, try limiting the number of individuals involved.