Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality



Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high) 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?”

Related articles:

The Complexity of the Creative Personality, by Douglas Eby.

The Creative Personality: Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Creativity and Flow Psychology by Douglas Eby.

Book: Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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Originally posted 2011-02-03 09:50:59.

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