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;
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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