Portrait of a Creative
Today is the last day of the week-long blog celebration of the site's launch! Thanks for reading with me along the way. If you want to keep following, the best way is to keep your eye on my Twitter feed, I'll be posting new content every 2-3 weeks and sharing it there. But, without further ado, the final post:
Perhaps you're familiar with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the psychologist and author of "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience"? If so, you know that Csikszentmihalyi is a psychologist who has spent his career studying happiness and creativity. One of my favorite quotes of his describes the nature of the creative personality:
"If I had to express in one word what makes [creative] personalities different from others, it's complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an 'individual,' each of them is a 'multitude.'" -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
That quote is not from his book. I haven't read it yet (grad school). Its from his 1996 Psychology Today article titled "The Creative Personality". The idea of contradictory extremes within each creative not only resounded with my own exprience, but also stoked my desire to express it visually. So below is my portrait of a creative, inspired by Csikszentmihalyi.