What makes us creative? Where does it come from? What are the differences between creative types and everyone else?
Introversion - appears to be most important for occupations and endeavours that require isolated work and thoughtful consideration. Typically, creative scientists and artists are introverted. Studies show, however, that commercial creatives (advertising, marketing, etc.,) tend to be extraverted. How can we explain these differences? The work of an artist or scientist will often involve long hours working independently (in the studio or the lab), such that a predisposition to favour solitude holds the creator in good stead
Neuroticism- appears to be particularly elevated in "artistic" domains. Such that poets, artists and designers are often more emotionally sensitive. Why?
The answer may be tracked back to the notion of what we consider art and artistic products to be "for". If we run with the idea that art "exists" in order to generate emotions in the viewer or recipient. Then... if artists are more emotionally sensitive, they are in a better position to understand emotion and convey it through their artistic products to evoke emotional responses in the beholder.
I find these things to so true in myself. And the source of numerous "issues" in my life. I find things very easy that involve art or spacial relationships. But more left brain activities I find puzzling or impossilble, like math or words.
I think the reason I connect so well with horses is they are emotionally sensitive entities as well and I can communicate with them via movement or thought.
I am very curious if these things ring true with other artists as much as they do me. Please leave a comment with your opinion or experience.