15 Bizarre Facts About Creative People. How Many Of These Do You Relate To?

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things."

-Steve Jobs

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1/15. Creative people have a short attention span, are easily distracted, and tend to talk to themselves more often.

2/15. Research shows you're more likely to have a creative epiphany when you're doing something monotonous, like fishing, exercising, or showering.

3/15. Those considered geniuses describe their creative processes as trancelike. According to Dr. Nancy Andreasen, all people experience moments of "ordinary creativity," which permeates daily tasks. But the artists, composers, scientists, writers, and others qualifying as geniuses typically talk of oneiric "flashes" setting off their most notable, iconic works.


4/15. Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor for "lack of creativity".

5/15. According to psychologists, coloring is the best alternative to meditation. Coloring allows to unlock your creative potential. Perhaps more important, it helps relieve tension and anxiety. It also unlocks memories of childhoo and simpler times.

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6/15. Michael Cioconetti, a judge in Ohio who uses what he calls "creative justice," sentences guilty defendants with unusual punishments. For example, he made a woman who abandoned her kittens spend a winter night outdoors.

7/15. A Stanford study found a high correlation between walking and creative thought output. Compared to sitting, those who walked demonstrated a 60 percent increase in creative thought output, regardless of walking outside or on a treadmill in a blank room.

8/15. People with creative minds tend to have a harder time falling asleep at night. They usually prefer to stay up later.

9/15. The idea of left brain (logical) and right brain (creative) widely taught in psychology and schools has no basis in neuroscience and is, in fact, a myth.

10/15. Creative thinkers usually have slower nerves. During creative moments, the left frontal cortex experiences comparatively more sluggish activity, which also correlates with the aforementioned decreased white matter and connecting axons. Unlike intelligence, creativity tends to thrive when thinking slows down, although "flashes" of inspiration and insight occur with the speed of flashes.


11/15. Creative people are more likely to be dishonest. Multiple studies show that the ability to concoct more solid, viable stories and view scenarios and stimuli from many angles (connected with creativity) dull the chances of getting caught.


Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources

C.E.M. Joad

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12/15. According to a study by Dr. Shelley Carson at Harvard, high IQ and creativity might correlate with one another.


13/15. In addition to intelligence, creativity might coincide with mental illness. Their brains have been proven to open up more to external sources and possess greater memory capacity than others, but such a perk does come burdened with some unfortunate side effects. Over stimulation might very well result, which can pique (or worsen) anxiety and depressive disorders.


14/15. Creativity can be increased by napping. For example, Vladimir Nabokov told the New York Times that he scheduled a daily two-hour nap and 20-minute soak in a hot bath. Joan Miro took a five-minute nap after lunch. This 2012 study found that people who practiced open-monitoring meditation (which avoids focus on any particular concept or object, and instead is receptive to all immediate thoughts and sensations) were better at generating new ideas. Think of it as a brain refresher.

15. Just telling people to "be creative" can increase their creativity.

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