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3 Signs You’re A Rational And Emotional Thinker At The Same Time (That Means You’re Actually Creative)

3 Signs You’re A Rational And Emotional Thinker At The Same Time (That Means You’re Actually Creative)

Have you been called emotional? Or maybe you have been labeled as someone who is logical and rational? What happens when you’re a mix of both emotional and rational rolled up into one complex personality? Can that even exist? Most people separate emotional and rational thinking into two separate categories, but is it plausible you could be a unique blend of both? Could being an emotional and rational thinker at the same time, mean you’re actually a creative person?

We often associate creativity with an individual who is right-brain dominant. Oddly enough, scientists have determined that someone who is creative is constantly switching between rational and emotional thinking.

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So if you have been called rational at one point in your life and maybe emotional at another point in your life, you’re not alone. Turns out people who are creative have both rational and emotional mindsets working in unison in order to operate in a creative fashion.

According to psychologist, Frank Barron, whose work involved exploring the creative mind, he described a creative person as: “Both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner than the average person.”

3 Signs You’re a Rational and Emotional Thinker at the Same time.

1. You can spot illogical parts of a plot of a movie, and you’re also often moved to tears by great movies

Maybe you have the skill to be able to see the order in the disorder. Meaning, you can watch a movie, read a book, or observe a real life situation that is filled with chaos and illogical reasoning. But through the thick smog of illogical thinking and doing, you’re able to identify the disorder that is creating, well the disorder. An intuitive skill a creative person may possess is the ability to dig deep in chaos and find the root of the disorder.

On the other hand, if you’re a creative thinker (someone who is both an emotional and rational thinker) you may be moved to tears watching a television commercial or movie. You’re sensitive and keen on how emotions play a part in our world.

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2. You always think about how to improve yourself for a better future, and you at the same time value memories so much

People who are rational and emotional thinkers are often seeking ways to improve themselves. Whether it be taking a new class to add additional skills to your life or expand a creative outlet for your creative self. Self-Improvement is something that may be second nature to someone who thinks emotionally and rationally. It could be representative of the constant balancing act of having to think rationally while setting aside emotions and vice versa.

On the other hand, those who think rationally and emotionally value memories so much so that at times they use profound memories to afford them a creative outlet. The creative person who is constantly seeking self-improvement techniques may be using this to cope with past memories.

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3. You miss/love someone in your previous relationships but your rationality tellls you it won’t work and you’re not going to make repeated mistakes

A creative person may be conflicted when it comes to past relationships. The emotional part may tend to want to hang on to old memories or to make efforts to rekindle a relationship. Meanwhile, the rational part of you will guide you to avoid making the same mistake twice and propel forward so you can move on.

Conclusion

The fantastic thing about being both a rational and emotional thinker is that you have the ability to be flexible in activating specific areas of your brain and are better able to address novel situations with a unique perspective. Sure being a rational and emotional thinker most likely means you’re a creative type of person, but it may also mean that you’re a bit harder to pin down or define. You’re a unique person with a fresh perspective to offer the world.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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