In the world of psychology, Mihaly Csíkszentmihály (God knows how to spell that) is quite a famous figure. He is noted for his work in the study of creativity and fun from the eye of psychology. He is considered nowadays as one of the most widely cited psychologist especially on the fields relation to psychology and business. One of his famous theory is the 10 Paradoxes of Creative People.
What I will try to do is to list them below and try to seize my perspective on his 10 paradoxes.
One “Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.” — This one is true. The key to being creative is know when to start and when to stop at the right time, this gives your brain a pattern on when to start working and when to rest. If you imagine an athlete, one day before marathon and all he do is practice running. What will happen? He will get tired on the big day and lost his stamina during the actual race. But what if he practices constantly and know when to stop practicing in order to gain his vitality and stamina? His muscles will be able to know what its like to be under pressure and when to relax and gain the strength it needs to be under the pressure. So yes, timing is important and crucial. You can’t buy groceries at midnight can you?
Two “Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.” — Why is being naive often considered as a bad thing while at some circumstances it is not. One of the definitions of naive taking from http://www.thefreedictionary.com is: ‘lacking worldly experience and understanding.‘ Being naive is a trigger for someone to be curious and curiosity creativity.Curiosity means: Why why and why? “Why the apple fall from the tree?” got Newton his gravity theories, while “Why can’t we see someone who is miles away?” got Daniel Gordon and Martyn Johnson their first world’s web camera. So yes, being naive is not a bad thing sometimes, especially regarding to creativity.
Three “Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.” — This paradox is stricly related to the when to start and when to stop principal. Creative people knows when to put a playful and irresposibility side to something scientific and serious. Look what Steve Job did.
Four “Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.” — This paradox shows that it’s perfectly normal to dream big. The difference between creative people and losers are that creative people know how to implement dreams into reality, how to sleep, dreams, wakes up and work while losers prefer to sleep and keeps on dreaming until they hit the floor. :p
Five “Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.” — The key to being creative is know how to balance everything and put every single thing into the right proportion. You can be introvert, sitting alone catching your imagination and then be extrovert to tell the world all about it and make your imagination into reality.
Six “Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.” — If you are creative, no matter how hard you try to hide it, you will always stands out of the crowd. A creative person will always be red in a crowd of blues.
Seven “Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.” — It doesn’t matter if it’s pink or blue, whether you’re a boy or a girl while infact gays are proven to be one of the most creative people on earth. So yes, a little bit of both adds the volume 😉
Eight “Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.” — You need to be out of line to know that you’re beyond the line, so the next time you’re near the line you will know when to stop and avoid the line. Be rebellious for once, learn from you mistakes and implement it the next time you’re facing the same problem.
Nine “Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.” — Who is the best to judge what you have done than you, the creator of it? You own critics and comments is you being honest to yourself, this way it adds the subjectiveness of your work thus you improve from being a creator to a critic as well. You work will be double the standard.
Ten “Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.” — To be open and to be sensitive is risky. What makes the ride worth the while is to know that no matter how much pain it has caused you, it eventually will stop and you will gain something out of it. Like what they say, there’s always a rainbow after the rain.