The 10 Paradox

The 10 Paradox of Creative People by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:

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

Creative people always energetic,because they are using energy to create an idea then they blow their energy when the idea comes to their head. On the other side, they are often quiet to find the inspiration and idea. It is to focus on concentrate on finding the idea they want to find.

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

Creative people are also smart people because they are utilizing their smart way of thinking to create something new. Creative people create something that sometimes out of ordinary people’s mind. However, by being smart, sometimes creative people becomes vey naive. It is because they think that they are right and smarter than other people so that the other people must obey him/her.

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

Being crative needs big imagination, and imagination sometimes comes from their playfulness. However, to create something, creative people must have strong vision and mission. They are stick and respomsible to the vision and mission they have set. However, creative people something have wild idea which sometimes insist them break the boundaries and becomes irresponsibility to the people surrounding them and their environment.

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

Creative person always have many aspects in mind. To find and create something new, they considers the reality to be combined by their imagination and fantasy. They consider reality to find something new that have not been invented, and whether their idea is reliable or compatible or not to be applied in real life. Besides that, they consider what in the real life that they have to create. The aspects taken from the reality are combined by the fatasy and imagination to find a brand new idea that is out of the box.

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

Creative person are hard to predict. Like the answer in the first question, they are often energectic while sometimes quiet. Creative people become extroverted when they express themselves after finding new idea by screaming or saying “I got it”. However, they can also be introverted when they are finding idea and imagine about something to create.

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

Creative people are never satisfied with what they have invented and created. They keep becoming curious to find something new. When they have just invented or created an idea,they become proud of their idea. They are in euforia. However, soon they would become humble again because they think that they still have to create other idea. Their achievement to invent something does not make them become very arogant, but it is like something like stimulous to stimulate them to find other new creative idea.

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

Creative people can be male or female, there are no different between them. Like the creative way of thinking to be flexible, becoming creative is not rigid to gender differentiation.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative

Creative people are often stick to their vision, mission, and their way of thinking. Their stickness to those aspects make creative people become not open minded and tend to be conservative. Their stickness to those aspects can also be resulted in their rebellious in breaking the boundaries and rule that have been set by their environment.

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

Passion is important for the creative person to make their work done well. By having passion, they will not easily surrender to many aspects and problems their face in acheving somehing. However, creative people are always stick on their way of thinking so that they are extremely objectives to their work. They keep trying to find something new and making it as perfect and as the same as they are thinking of.

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

I do agree with the statement because creative people have lots of things in mind. They become more sensitive about their feelings. When they have just found new idea or something came to their mind, they expressed it in a very expressive way like screaming and punching their arms in the air. On the other hand, they are often suffering from quietness when they failed to create idea or when they are thinking hard about it. Usually, creative people prefer to be lonely when they are thinking hard to find the inspiration.


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