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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Creativity and Creative Personality Types - In Conversation with Miss Nepal Earth, Rojisha Shahi.

We cannot zero in on those particular qualities that make one 'a creative personality type.' The habits and interests that we find in one creative person may be totally different from those of another. One creative individual may like his solitude the most while another may like meeting new people and having newer experiences in life.

This is what evolved in our discussion the other day - between the Miss Nepal Earth, Rojisha Shahi and me! Last weekend we met in - Coffee Pasal - an amazing place nestled in between the several swanky and chic shops at Durbar Marg in Kathmandu. Apart from having similar interests in writing and self-expression, we both are addicted to reading! 'Haruki Murakami and his amazing books' is another topic that we are totally passionate about!  And so over cups of coffee, we found out that 'Creativity and Creative Personality Types' is one helluva topic to discuss!


Well we know the traditional theory that left brain = rational and analytical, whereas right brain = creative and emotional. But the reality is that creativity involves a myriad of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions!

 Creative people and their unique personality types are difficult to label or pin down, largely because they are complex, at times paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. Researchers contend that creativity involves the merging of a plethora of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person. We found, the following five things most common in creative people:

1. They observe everything. They look at the world as their own oyster where they see possibilities everywhere and are constantly taking in information to turn into their creative expression.

2. They follow their true passions. They are motivated by internal factors rather than external ones.

3. They may lose track of time - especially when they are 'in the zone' while they are painting, dancing, writing, acting or expressing themselves.

4. They make time for mindfulness. Many writers, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, painters and other creative people have turned to meditation as a tool to get into that creative state of expression.

5. They day-dream. Despite what their fourth grade or fifth grade teacher might have said to them, the creative people know that 'day-dreaming' is anything but a waste of time!

 So find your mojos and stay creative folks! And before I sign off for the evening, here is an   awesome quote that I want to share with all of you:

 "You see things, and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream 
   things that never were, and I say, ‘Why not?'" 
    -- George Bernard Shaw

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