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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.”

Featured photo credit: Ollyy via shutterstock.com

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15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do

15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do

Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you? To walk with swagger and improve your self-confidence, watch out for these fifteen things highly confident people don’t do.

And if you want to know the difference between an arrogant person and a confident person, watch this video first:

 

1. They don’t make excuses.

Highly confident people take ownership of their thoughts and actions. They don’t blame the traffic for being tardy at work; they were late. They don’t excuse their short-comings with excuses like “I don’t have the time” or “I’m just not good enough”; they make the time and they keep on improving until they are good enough.

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2. They don’t avoid doing the scary thing.

Highly confident people don’t let fear dominate their lives. They know that the things they are afraid of doing are often the very same things that they need to do in order to evolve into the person they are meant to be.

3. They don’t live in a bubble of comfort.

Highly confident people avoid the comfort zone, because they know this is a place where dreams die. They actively pursue a feeling of discomfort, because they know stretching themselves is mandatory for their success.

4. They don’t put things off until next week.

Highly confident people know that a good plan executed today is better than a great plan executed someday. They don’t wait for the “right time” or the “right circumstances”, because they know these reactions are based on a fear of change. They take action here, now, today – because that’s where progress happens.

5. They don’t obsess over the opinions of others.

Highly confident people don’t get caught up in negative feedback. While they do care about the well-being of others and aim to make a positive impact in the world, they don’t get caught up in negative opinions that they can’t do anything about. They know that their true friends will accept them as they are, and they don’t concern themselves with the rest.

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6. They don’t judge people.

Highly confident people have no tolerance for unnecessary, self-inflicted drama. They don’t feel the need to insult friends behind their backs, participate in gossip about fellow co-workers or lash out at folks with different opinions. They are so comfortable in who they are that they feel no need to look down on other people.

7. They don’t let lack of resources stop them.

Highly confident people can make use of whatever resources they have, no matter how big or small. They know that all things are possible with creativity and a refusal to quit. They don’t agonize over setbacks, but rather focus on finding a solution.

8. They don’t make comparisons.

Highly confident people know that they are not competing with any other person. They compete with no other individual except the person they were yesterday. They know that every person is living a story so unique that drawing comparisons would be an absurd and simplistic exercise in futility.

9. They don’t find joy in people-pleasing.

Highly confident people have no interest in pleasing every person they meet. They are aware that not all people get along, and that’s just how life works. They focus on the quality of their relationships, instead of the quantity of them.

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10. They don’t need constant reassurance.

Highly confident people aren’t in need of hand-holding. They know that life isn’t fair and things won’t always go their way. While they can’t control every event in their life, they focus on their power to react in a positive way that moves them forward.

11. They don’t avoid life’s inconvenient truths.

Highly confident people confront life’s issues at the root before the disease can spread any farther. They know that problems left unaddressed have a way of multiplying as the days, weeks and months go by. They would rather have an uncomfortable conversation with their partner today than sweep an inconvenient truth under the rug, putting trust at risk.

12. They don’t quit because of minor set-backs.

Highly confident people get back up every time they fall down. They know that failure is an unavoidable part of the growth process. They are like a detective, searching for clues that reveal why this approach didn’t work. After modifying their plan, they try again (but better this time).

13. They don’t require anyone’s permission to act.

Highly confident people take action without hesitation. Every day, they remind themselves, “If not me, who?”

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14. They don’t limit themselves to a small toolbox.

Highly confident people don’t limit themselves to Plan A. They make use of any and all weapons that are at their disposal, relentlessly testing the effectiveness of every approach, until they identify the strategies that offer the most results for the least cost in time and effort.

15. They don’t blindly accept what they read on the Internet as “truth” without thinking about it.

Highly confident people don’t accept articles on the Internet as truth just because some author “said so”. They look at every how-to article from the lens of their unique perspective. They maintain a healthy skepticism, making use of any material that is relevant to their lives, and forgetting about the rest. While articles like this are a fun and interesting thought-exercise, highly confident people know that they are the only person with the power to decide what “confidence” means.

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