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Science Says Insecure People Are Creative Geniuses

Science Says Insecure People Are Creative Geniuses

What do John Lennon, John Denver, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Will Smith and Mike Meyers have in common? Other than being brilliant performers, they all share (or shared) a sense of insecurity. A feeling of low self-esteem and inadequacy fuels their creative genius and we are awestruck at what they achieve. Being insecure and unsure of one’s self has led to many incredible discoveries, art creations, inventions, movies, music, theatre productions and medical cures. The magnitude of creativity seems to emerge from people who tend to be self-conscious, have doubts about their abilities and are somewhat depressed feeling that they do not measure up to the expectations others or they place on themselves. This is not to say that secure people are not creative, but according to research investigations, it has been discovered that insecure people are more creative than secure people. There are three reasons why insecure people tend to be more creative: there is a special brain function that stimulates people’s thoughts and actions, people with insecurities try to rise above them with outstanding performance; and, the moment of acceptance is a “golden moment.”

Research Findings

Brain scientists have discovered there are neurons in the brain that gets fired up more so in people with insecurities. According to Dr. Candace Pert, a neuroscientist, there are peptides which are the biochemical basis for emotion in the body, and when a person feels insecure, there are a certain amount of emotions that trigger the peptides. The peptides are amino acid chains that carry with them proteins, which is a basis for all life. The feelings and emotions associated with insecurities trigger these peptides that trigger biochemical responses in the brain, causing the firing of neurons to become stimulated, therefore opening the right and left brain function to operate for the person to be creative. This is the scientific explanation for why insecure people are more creative. Now for the social factor.

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Social Factors

Insecure people tend to act differently and overt by being bad winners and bad losers, talking about other people in negative ways and even “publicly denigrate those they were once close to – according to Miss Mae. In addition, insecure people refuse to see the positive and instead are pessimistic; they see the glass as being half-empty. So, in essence when insecure people see themselves in the mirror, they do not like what they see. So, to counteract these negative feelings, they get creative. Performers come up with the most outrageous, outstanding and memorable performances, scientists burn the midnight oil and leave no stone unturned to make the discovery or prove a hypothesis, and inventors never stop their pursuit. The creative geniuses work to produce incredible products, performances and cures to achieve awards and accolades, which for secure people would be satisfying, but oddly enough, not so for insecure folks. However, there is a positive side to the negative tendencies.

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Great Feats of Accomplishments

Insecure people accomplish ingenious and brilliant, not to mention incredible feats. They have the brain stimulus to fire the neurons to make things that other people would not have even conceived and get the “golden moment” of applause, accolades and acknowledgement they deserve. An example of this is Czeslaw Milosz, a Nobel Prize laureate poet and writer who confessed “From early on writing for me has been a way to overcome my real or imagined worthlessness.”

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There are many positive outcomes from cases where people may feel insecure and unsure of themselves and their abilities. A brain stimulus helps get the “creative juices flowing” and the rest as they say “is history. Many great and wonderful discoveries and performances are attributed to brilliance and genius from the minds of people who are insecure. For the achievements and incredible advancements made from creative persons, it would not be a bad thing for all of us to “boost our creativity.”

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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