Below this are my analyses and comments about 10 paradoxes of creative people by Mihaly:

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

I believe that most of creative people have a great deal of physical energy, which is why most of creative people are look happy and they are smart while they talk. Their great deal of energy is produced indirectly by their brain. They always try and find a way to think creatively in facing everything in their life, so beyond their conscious condition, their mind indirectly producing a great energy for their body. When is it producing that energy? While they quiet for a rest, they use their brain to think, to create and solve a problem differently for other, then their brain create a great spirit and finally great deal of energy has been created indirectly. So that is why creative people have a great deal of energy but they are often quiet and at rest.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

I agree with his second statement. Great creative people are also balanced with a great intelligence, which make they feel that they are the best person among their society. So they do not want to be corrected by any person. This makes them naïve too. This is one of creative people weaknesses.

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

I think creative people always find a way to make impossible to possible thing. That is the reason to distinguish creative people with ordinary people. Usually on work, they combine playfulness and discipline. They like working in playfulness, but it does not mean their work is not done. They are discipline and responsible to their work. They are combining their left and right brain to their work. That is why they can combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

I agree with his statement. Creative people have great imagination and fantasy, which sometimes ordinary people do not have. They have out of the box thought, but their imagination and fantasy still based on a rooted sense. They have great imagination during their quiet and rest, but they think in sense of reality during talking to other people or ordinary people. So they know when they use their imagination and fantasy, and their sense of reality.

5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

Creative people become introverted when they are thinking of some brilliant idea, when they need to create that idea they prefer to be alone. When the idea is created, and they feel ready to share it with other people, they become extroverted person to share, because they are happy when their ideas are accepted by people.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

I think this is commonly felt by most of people when they achieve something and being admitted by people around. Creative people always create something different with other, which always impress our attention. They would pride if people granted and admit their creation, but if we say to them that their creation is extraordinary, they would be very humble, but deep inside of them they feel proud at the same time.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

They tend to find great idea from anywhere, anything, and anyone. So they don’t mind about gender, role, or stereotyping, because their great idea may come from anyone. As long as it does not disturb their process of creating idea.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

Conservative is the basic of human nature, everybody has that. But creative people sometimes need rebellion to create their creativity. It occurs when there is limitation of their process of creativity. They may become conservative before something force them to break the rule, but when they find the limit to rebel, they will become rebellious.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

I agree with this statement. They love what they work, once they love the work, they will be very passionate about it. But yet they can be very objective when they find it does not really interest their passionate. Because I think lots of creative people work based on their intention or their emotion. Creativity cannot be created in bad feeling or emotion.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

Most of creative people enjoy the process rather than the result, because in the process of their creation, they find so many interesting that makes them feel challenged. They usually create a great deal of enjoyment during the process, but once they fall or their idea is rejected, they would feel in pain and suffer about that.

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

I believe that most of creative people have a great deal of physical energy, which is why most of creative people are look happy and they are smart while they talk. Their great deal of energy is produced indirectly by their brain. They always try and find a way to think creatively in facing everything in their life, so beyond their conscious condition, their mind indirectly producing a great energy for their body. When is it producing that energy? While they quiet for a rest, they use their brain to think, to create and solve a problem differently for other, then their brain create a great spirit and finally great deal of energy has been created indirectly. So that is why creative people have a great deal of energy but they are often quiet and at rest.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

I agree with his second statement. Great creative people are also balanced with a great intelligence, which make they feel that they are the best person among their society. So they do not want to be corrected by any person. This makes them naïve too. This is one of creative people weaknesses.

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

I think creative people always find a way to make impossible to possible thing. That is the reason to distinguish creative people with ordinary people. Usually on work, they combine playfulness and discipline. They like working in playfulness, but it does not mean their work is not done. They are discipline and responsible to their work. They are combining their left and right brain to their work. That is why they can combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

I agree with his statement. Creative people have great imagination and fantasy, which sometimes ordinary people do not have. They have out of the box thought, but their imagination and fantasy still based on a rooted sense. They have great imagination during their quiet and rest, but they think in sense of reality during talking to other people or ordinary people. So they know when they use their imagination and fantasy, and their sense of reality.

5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

Creative people become introverted when they are thinking of some brilliant idea, when they need to create that idea they prefer to be alone. When the idea is created, and they feel ready to share it with other people, they become extroverted person to share, because they are happy when their ideas are accepted by people.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

I think this is commonly felt by most of people when they achieve something and being admitted by people around. Creative people always create something different with other, which always impress our attention. They would pride if people granted and admit their creation, but if we say to them that their creation is extraordinary, they would be very humble, but deep inside of them they feel proud at the same time.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

They tend to find great idea from anywhere, anything, and anyone. So they don’t mind about gender, role, or stereotyping, because their great idea may come from anyone. As long as it does not disturb their process of creating idea.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

Conservative is the basic of human nature, everybody has that. But creative people sometimes need rebellion to create their creativity. It occurs when there is limitation of their process of creativity. They may become conservative before something force them to break the rule, but when they find the limit to rebel, they will become rebellious.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

I agree with this statement. They love what they work, once they love the work, they will be very passionate about it. But yet they can be very objective when they find it does not really interest their passionate. Because I think lots of creative people work based on their intention or their emotion. Creativity cannot be created in bad feeling or emotion.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

Most of creative people enjoy the process rather than the result, because in the process of their creation, they find so many interesting that makes them feel challenged. They usually create a great deal of enjoyment during the process, but once they fall or their idea is rejected, they would feel in pain and suffer about that.

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~ oleh nilanilanila pada Desember 15, 2009.

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