Welcome Eric Maisel-creativity coach, therapist, and the author of more than 30 books, including Creativity for Life, The Van Gogh Blues, Fearless Creating, A Writer's Paris, A Writer's San Francisco and Coaching The Artist Within. He writes a monthly column for Art Calendar Magazine and hosts The Joy of Living Creatively on the Personal Life Media Network.
Creativity isn't a trait or a set of traits: it arises because a person feels the need to be herself, to know what she knows, to love what she loves, and to do what she needs to do. Children don't draw because they have fingers or sing because they have vocal chords. They draw because they have a giraffe inside that needs to get out and they sing because they are bursting with song.
What distinguishes the creative person from other people is the creative person's felt sense of individuality. Many people are born conventional and find it quite easy to follow the crowd; only a portion of our species is born with a strong desire to assert their individuality. All the personality traits that creative people manifest, the more than seventy-five traits that have been described in the creativity literature, flow from this single core quality: the need to assert individuality. [Read more...]