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Scientists Discover Why Highly Sensitive People Are Extraordinarily Creative And Artistic

Scientists Discover Why Highly Sensitive People Are Extraordinarily Creative And Artistic

Your soul has so much depth. Let me take a guess, you’re highly sensitive aren’t you? Yep I can call them. We sensitive people are so creative and artistic due to the layers of our personality. I’ll get into some more details below, but just know what once was a curse can be something to be proud of. When you aren’t crying in the corner over spilled milk, hold your artistic head up high and creatively.

Where Are You Getting This?

Well, I’m glad you asked. A book called Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and HuffPost Senior Writer Carolyn Gregoire.

One of the most powerful quotes is as follows;

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“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.” – Pearl S. Buck as quoted through this link.

Famous Example

I know that saying you are much like me is not going to suffice to make you feel confident in this new finding. Let me tell you about a little someone named Michael Jackson who was very sensitive. You wouldn’t guess when he was performing that he had been through much suffering and loneliness. However he did and that was some of the places he drew from to create his art.

In one interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael (sure I’m on a first name basis with the deceased) was quoted as saying “I feel I was chosen as an instrument to give music and love and harmony to the world.”

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Performers At Odds

The book and the article on HuffPost point out that many performers seem to have this paradox in their lives. On one hand they are people that are open and then on the other they are sensitive. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi pegged these two personality traits as opposites. He identifies these as not only the elements that exist together in most creative performers, but that they are actually the core of the personalities. This is the only way to explain how performers would be able to own the stage with their antics, and yet be emotionally charged enough to convey the feelings.

In fact the easiest way I can see to explain is this quote from Csikszentmihaly:

“Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.”

Reading that quote brings home the circular nature of the sensitivity and creativeness.

Additional Example

I get it. You think Michael Jackson could be a fluke. What if I up the ante with Yo-yo Ma the great cellist. “What,” you say, “He couldn’t even moonwalk. How is that going to help your case?”

Well first of all, how do you know he was unable to moonwalk. Second: his good friend Mark Salzman was able to give some insight. He described Ma as one of the most joyful people he ever met. Noting also that in the times that he experienced negative emotions, they were just as deeply negative. He had the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. Ma was sensitive to the emotions of those around him. If he perceived grief from those around him he reflected and felt that with them.

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That ability to feel those feelings from others most assuredly is one of the reasons that we are able to feel that come through in his music.

What Is the Population Breakdown For Sensitives?

Highly sensitive people make up about 15 to 20 percent of people. There is in fact a quiz in the link below to see if you are one of those people.

The link (drum roll and anticipation please) is here: Why So Many Artists Are Highly Sensitive People

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

4. What are my goals in life?

Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

6. What do I not like to do?

An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

“What do I want to do with my life?”

So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Ly via unsplash.com

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