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8 Seeming Weaknesses Of Creative People That Are Actually Their Strengths

8 Seeming Weaknesses Of Creative People That Are Actually Their Strengths

When you think about the typical characteristics of creative people, what comes to mind? You may conjure up stereotypical images of pained artists, eccentric dressers with big ideas or living a life outside of the norm from everyone else.

There are many negative connotations when it comes to someone who is described as creative but are these assumptions fair? Are we too quick to judge someone for their natural creative flair and the ways in which they steer their personality and way of life?

Creative people often feel like outcasts in today’s society because they don’t always match up to the same ideals as other people, but what are seen as weaknesses are actually, in fact, strengths. Here are 8 ‘negative’ personality traits of creative people that make them unique and an asset to the world we live in.

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1. Following Their Instincts

We would all secretly like to trust our instincts and follow our gut feeling a lot more than we actually do. Sometimes gut feelings don’t make logical sense and it’s the fear of them being wrong. Creative people tend to just trust what they feel is the right thing to do and are attuned to what their intuition is telling them. Many people may see some of their decisions as reckless but they just know they are being fearless and brave with following the unknown.

2. Being Seen As Eccentric

Probably one of the most common characteristics of creative people is being eccentric. But who exactly decides what being eccentric looks like? The negative words used to describe eccentricity are usually ‘strange’ or ‘weird’ but these are only words used to label something we feel threatened by and don’t understand.

Being eccentric should be looked at as being unique, being different enough to stand out from the crowd and being happy enough in your own skin to live your life as your true self.

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3. Changing Their Minds Often

Changing our mind about ideas or what we want to do in life is often seen as a negative trait. It is proof for many that someone can’t stick to anything and will most likely sabotage their happiness because they aren’t staying with their one calling.

However, changing your mind means you aren’t stuck in one place. So many people just stay in one job or live in the same place for years because they’re too afraid of making the wrong decision if they were to change their circumstances in any way. Creative people have the ability to see different opportunities and act on them.

4. Dreaming Too Big

Creative people are often seen as big dreamers and this is usually deemed as reckless. But dreaming big is how we become successful in the first place – it’s the seed of success. Creative people aren’t afraid to follow their dreams no matter how big they are, they just need support from those around them rather than being told it’s out of their reach, fanciful and full of nonsense.

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5. Being Independent Thinkers

When people think independently they are usually portrayed as being difficult or rebellious. However, this is only a label given to independent thinkers by those who feel threatened or misunderstand intentions and attempt to shut them down. Creative people are willing to think outside the box and question ideas and ways of doing things more often. This is how new innovations, strategies and ideas are established and created in our world so it should never be seen as a weakness.

6. Making Lots Of Mistakes

Someone who makes a lot of mistakes is always known as the person who doesn’t know what they want, is a failure in life and has an inability to live in the ‘real world’. But we all know we need to make mistakes to learn from them in order to know what we truly want.

Making mistakes is a common trait of creative people which can tend to label them as lost in life, reckless or not willing to commit to anything. However, creative people learn much better from failure and use it as a catalyst for new ideas, to have the ability to see failure as a triumph and turn it into a new path to where they want to go.

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7. Getting Bored Easily

Monotony kills the spirit of creative people so linking back to the point of changing their minds frequently, creative people will more likely change their job regularly or refuse to hold down a boring office job that offers them no stimulation. To others this comes across as non-committal and flighty but creative people would much rather work a huge amount of different interesting jobs and be penniless than be in one soul-destroying job that gives them nothing but boredom and no challenge whatsoever.

8. Having Busy Minds

A busy mind is seen as one that can’t focus and is constantly distracted. But for a creative person, this is possessing the ability to think about, and pursue, multiple interests and passions. This allows them to open up their world to a much bigger perspective and they are willing to expand their minds to new cultures, people, ideas and beliefs. If it wasn’t for people like this, the world would be a much smaller, less broadened place to live in.

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

2. Be Honest

A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

4. Succeed at Something

When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

Final Thoughts

When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

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Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
[2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
[3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
[4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
[5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
[6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
[7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
[8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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