7 Character Traits of Creative People

Have you ever wondered what drives creative people? What makes them different? Creativity can challenge you, give you energy, and allow you to reach your full potential. And the good news is that your own innate creativity can be encouraged and developed if you choose to. Here are seven characteristics of creative people that you can incorporate into your own life.

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1. Creative people are focused

Highly creative people usually have high levels of energy and stay focused on their projects for long periods. Even when they are out of the studio or away from the computer, their minds are still thinking about their creative work.

2. They hold onto a sense of wonder

Creative people are often brilliant, but they don’t think they know everything. Just the opposite, they retain a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world.

3. Creative people work hard

The stereotype of the writer or artist spending their time propping up a bar doesn’t hold up. Artists usually work long hours on a project, and they don’t stick to a nine to five schedule. Creatives are persistent and determined and totally focused on their work.

4. Creatives are not loners

Research suggests that creative people often combine the best of extroversion and introversion. While most people tend to favor one or the other of these personality types, creative people combine elements of both. They find ideas and inspiration in their social interactions and then retreat to the studio to work their creative magic.

5. They are open and sensitive

Creatives tend to be very empathic and sensitive. They are open to all the possibilities of the world and find inspiration everywhere. Sensitivity is necessary to be able to create artistically but can be a double-edged sword, leaving the artist vulnerable to criticism and rejection.

6. Creatives are not bound by culturally assigned roles & stereotypes

Research has shown that creative people tend to resist traditional cultural expectations, including rigid gender roles and stereotypes. They are open to the male and female characteristics of their personalities and draw on the strengths of both, and are willing to think outside of the box.

7. Creatives can daydream and be realistic

The traditional picture of the daydreaming artist isn’t necessarily reflective of the creative mind. Creativity is grounded in imagination and daydreaming, seeing the possibilities and wondering ‘what if?’ But creative people are also very practical, and the next stage is testing the ‘what if’ idea to see if it works.

Creative thinking is essential for innovative problem solving that works in the real world.

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    1. Creatives, and people in general, are whatever they want to be. It’s just that creatives, in particular, tend to be resistant to rigid stereotypes and culturally defined roles, including rigid culturally defined gender roles. That means they are more likely to embrace who they are, rather than who society wants them to be. For some people, this may be embracing the masculine aspects of themselves, for others the feminine aspects of themselves, or embracing both. They are not limited to pre-defined gender roles that tend to change over time anyway. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are transgender. That’s just a label. It just means they tend to just be themselves, regardless of what labels society comes up with.