In one of Robert Genn’s recent newsletters he talks about a study of creative children that grow into creative adults. The psychologist Ellen Winner found that creative people choose their path very early in life and they often have similarities like; scholastic boredom, difficulty making friends, and social problems.
Here’s some more characteristics of creative people from Robert’s article..
- Visual perceptions that transcend everyday life
- Heightened responses to natural surroundings
- Sustained high standards of work ethic
- Early presence of mentor(s)
- Early formation of personal identity
- Tendency to do things in unique ways
- Preference to work autonomously
- Defiance or suspicion of conventional thinking
I think I suffer from (or am blessed with?) all of the characteristics above. Another funny observation that I have made over the years is that artists generally like other artists. It’s almost like we have joined some special club where the members are connected on a lot of different levels.
Perhaps it is the same connection that firemen, plumbers, or accountants feel when they get together, but I think it’s something more.