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Paradox – Confusing truth? @_@

Posted in Assignments with tags , on December 15, 2009 by Marco

My analysis and comments about the 10 paradox of creative people.

firstly, what is a paradox? according to wiki, our smartest and knowledgable friend, paradox is “a contradiction or puzzling result, that the premises themselves are not all really true or cannot all be true together.” Really, paradox is confusing!

There are 10 paradoxes based on Mihaly research. This blog will analyze as well as give constructive comment on those 10 paradoxes.

#1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

Well, to my understanding, creative people may have a great deal of physical energy, however, they may spend their energy into their brain, mental and thinking as well as finding ideas and looking for insights from their surrounding (FYI, to think about something so hard spends a lot of physical energy as well as mental energy). Most creative people thinks overboard though, and that is why most of them was at rest and quiet, because they are thinking for creative ideas, to focus on that is quite hard when they are doing something else. As we can see, when we are studying, mostly we focus on that and stay sitting on a chair, it is because we need to focus. Same thing with creative people seeking creative ideas, they are expressive at one time, but when they need to focus, they are quiet and perservere.

#2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

Well, yeah creative people are smart, maybe their smart is above common people’s imagination. We can see some creativity are so out of the box, even I can not really see and understand it. however, they are so naive that they still express and show their artwork to everybody although I’m quite sure that most of that everybody couldn’t really understand the smartness inside their art. For example, fashion (esp. in france), I couldn’t even understand a bit of beauty in that weird dress worn by several very skinny women. I see it as weird, maybe attractive, but not a “beauty” attractiveness, however, those other fashion designer will think that some dresses there are masterpiece. so, well… smart AND naive explain this.

#3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

Simple. Playfulness are needed to generate creativity, and discipline are needed for putting that creativity into action. Most creative people act playfully to enjoy what they are doing and also to search for ideas at the same time. When the ideas come, with discipline, those creative people will start to do what they have to do, to get their ideas into a piece of art. The playfulness and discipline may also lead to responsibility and irresponsibility as most of creative people acts lazy, take a look at painter near ITB, they only wear kutang, they have huge kribo hair, and they act lazy, that’s the part of the irresponsibility i guess :P, but they sell their arts, so that made up for their laziness

#4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

How do creative people be stamped as creative? easy, they craeate things that is out of ordinary, that is surreal, that is unrealistic and extraordinary. Creative people use their imagination and fantasy and combine it to the root, which is reality, so they create a somewhat unrealistic reality that looks like a reality, but different in some ways or some aspects. That is what made their art creative and different.


#5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

From my analyzing, creative people are both extrovert and introvert by what they are doing. They are introvert when they are thinking about their ideas, how to differentiate their things with others, and mostly thinking stuff. However, the extrovert part is when they put their ideas into action, they express their action throughly and made for everybody to watch and see the creativity that they create. Therefore, they introvert and extrovert based on the activity that they do.

#6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

Yes, most creative people are humble, they do not really say that they are creative, or they are the source of massive idea generation. No. Most of them will say that they are a simple ordinary guys, or they got lucky, or they are glad that their ideas are stamped as creative. However, within those humble opinion, they are proud that the ideas that they generate and actualize are called creative. Who doesn’t? 🙂

#7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

Well, creative people is without any hesitation in writing this, have no relation with gender role especially those of stereotyping. Creative people can be male and female, without any further fact of which is more creative or which gender is creative in term of population (how much man is creative compared to how many woman). Creative is very general, and somewhat relative, therefore there is no exact way of saying how much creativity level does this person have or how many creative people out of 10 people in this world. therefore, there is no really stereotyping especially the gender part in becoming a creative person

#8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

What is rebellious? is to do differently, what is conservative? is one who preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or a radical change. Well, these are two opposite things, and from #1 – #7, we should already know that creative people are well-balanced (extrovert-introvert, humble-proud, etc). What can be analyzed from this is that while creative people do things differently, they will still adapt it with their conservatism, making their work understandable by common people. This are needed for getting their name up because even how remarkably they work, if no one can understand it, then that work is in vain.

#9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

Absolutely true, they are really into their work and they can see into the public eyes if the work they are doing is good enough or not. It is again, the well-balanced emotion that those creative people have. Objectivity are important to get others respect and getting feedback into our head.

#10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

Well, to be creative they have to be open, expressing their creativity through their work. Often, when sensitive, some opposing opinion may hurt their feeling, or even hurt them physically. However, when it is praised, it will become an enjoyment that will motivate them to work even harder. Therefore, sensitivity in a creative person is good, as long as people keep support and give positive feedback to their work.

As a conclusion, these 10 paradoxes are somewhat true. well, they are called paradox that is why some of them have some balanced feeling, opposing one feeling with another. However, it is what making creativity continue, because if they only have one part of the feeling, only see coin from one side, only see the black, not the white, then they can not be called a creative person since they need to see everything from more than just one point of view. They are creative, that is why they see things from several point of views, and even outside the box.

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