What might a creatively intelligent person look like?
Many creatively intelligent people work regular jobs that often lack any kind of association to “creative”. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that many of these people don’t think of themselves as “creative”. Unfortunately, this may lead to feelings of depression, a lack of belonging, or being labeled with, “over sensitive” and “over emotional”.
What this brings to mind is how we view and interact with our world. If you love to daydream and explore the world around you. If you’re curious and are always noticing something new or inspiring then you might just be creatively intelligent.
“Highly creative people often face a lifetime of hardship and psychological pain because they do not see themselves or their abilities clearly. The abilities of highly creative people are frequently hidden under emotional, occupational and relationship difficulties.” -Mary Taylor, LCSW, of the Creative Intelligence Centre
Many have been so focused on what is directly in front of them that they miss a more beautiful, more fulfilling, more intense world. One where they are led by the passion of the heart rather than a fear of failing at a “normal” job or life. But, what is failure really? Some of our greatest achievements can be born from a perceived failure. Still not convinced? Check out these famous failures.
Are you someone that possesses creative intelligence?
I’m going to take a risk here and say if you’re reading this, then chances are – yes.
Author Orna Ross has put together a list of questions you can ask yourself to discover if you’re a hidden highly creative individual. We’ve included a few of her questions below. She suggests grabbing a notebook and writing down your answers. Do 3 or more resonate with you? Then you’re most likely highly creative.
- Do you feel different from those around you or that you are on a different “path” than most?
- Have you been told you “think too much” or are “too much of a perfectionist”?
- Do/did your schoolteachers berate you for daydreaming or staring out the window?
- Do you experience a level of imaginative activity that few around you seem to understand?
- Do you believe you have “too many” interests?
- Have you been told you are “overly emotional”?
- Have you been told you are “too sensitive”?
- Do people frequently ask you for advice — while you feel there is no one who understands you?
Have you ever experienced any of the above? Share your thoughts on creative intelligence in the comments below.