Creativity Can Come With Some Seemingly Negative Traits, And That's Fine

Creativity Can Come With Some Seemingly Negative Traits, and That's Fine

Would you like to be more creative? Of course! While creativity is something you can cultivate, it can also bring along traits that may be viewed as negative. That's not as problematic as you'd think, though.

Photo by Dean Hochman.

As business blog Harvard Business Review explains, creative thinking can go hand-in-hand with some traits that are otherwise deemed less desirable. For example, the inability to suppress irrelevant thoughts (hey look a kitty), or poor impulse-control. These aspects of a personality are often part of the creative process, though.

While it's easy to get hung up on one aspect or another of your personality when developing your creativity, it's worth keeping in mind that your mind can't always be compartmentalised like that. If you were better at controlling your irrelevant thoughts, you might suppress a great idea. If you were better at fitting in, you might have fewer of your own standout ideas. If you're trying to improve your creativity, but notice some personality traits that cause friction, don't be afraid to accept some imperfections.

The Dark Side of Creativity [Harvard Business Review]


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