Chapter 2.3 The Creative Personality

The Creative Personality

Creative individuals are likely to be products of combinations of different environmental and personality influences. But they do exhibit similar traits, such as the ability to assimilate and engage emotionally with external information, and in that they are driven to question their reality, usually exhibited by the trait of curiosity. They are more reactive to internal needs than external norms – they do not submit to the social expectation of behaviour as readily. They will be more reflective and will give more time to self-awareness and nuanced emotional engagement with information. It is also the case that they will be more likely to be introspective if they experience depression or social alienation. All of these things are very commonly associated with cultural creativity.

Unfortunately we can also see how a mania that comes from trying to reconcile external with internal feeling can drive a person to leave the culture they inhabit as they frantically try to reconcile what they feel to be true with the external world. The need for expression within them contradicts the world around them. Artists especially often lament at attempts to represent their internal world in their art or expression.

As mentioned previously, it is likely that all humans exhibit expressive urges as a result of endocepts as it is a phenomenon developed from processes for many others parts of cognitive development. It is the self-understanding and translation of these internal non-verbal thoughts that can become what we recognize as culturally valuable creativity. The expression of the more creative person’s endoceptual cognition is a process that turns fragments and amorphous concepts into creative expression that can be understood by others, or at least taken to the realm of artistic representation, if not comprehension. Arieti (1976, p.62) suggests that this endoceptual thought is “a groping for some definite structure,” when it is found, a creative work will be formed, at a more or less complete stage.