The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were an openness to one’s inner life; a preference for complexity and ambiguity; an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray; the ability to extract order from chaos; independence; unconventionality; and a willingness to take risks.
This apparent “hodgepodge” put the creative person as being:
…both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.
My wife has described me as such (she’s the one who passed me the article in the first place). But regardless of my own situation, the real center of both of our attention was on my oldest daughter who appears to exhibit a lot of these things. She’s a conundrum to both of us (and probably to herself at times) – she’s a box of contradictions.
Does she “suffer” from something? I don’t think so. I think she’s just creative and I love her for it. Even as a 9-year old she has already expressed to both of us extremely “dark” thoughts:
Well, it seemed that creative people were more introspective. This led to increased self-awareness, including a greater familiarity with the darker and more uncomfortable parts of themselves.
She’s thoughtful, definitely introspective, and most recently refers to herself in the 3rd person, and herself as the protagonist in an on-going film. She even has a musical score.