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Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

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Published by Douglas Eby
One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists.
Myths about artists being "crazy" or "starving" may also influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life.
One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists.
Myths about artists being "crazy" or "starving" may also influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life.

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Be More Creative: What Is Your SelfConcept?
By Douglas Eby
 
"Anyone who says 'I don’t have a creative bone in my body' is seriouslyunderestimating their skeleton. More to the point, they are drasticallyundervaluing their brain." 
From article10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativityby David DiSalvo[on Forbes.com] - author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why YouShould Do the Opposite.
One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves toother people, especially well-known and successful artists. Myths about artists being "crazy" or "starving" may also influence howmuch we may be motivated to live a creative life.
Two examples of well-known artists:
Dean Koontz
has written multiplenovels on the New York Times Best-Seller List, and reportedly is amillionaire.
has sold over 23 million albumsand 64 million singles worldwide, and beenawarded at least five Grammy Awards.
 By the way, she was identified as gifted as ateen.~ ~
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Movies can be a major sourceof images and ideas of whatcreative people are like.One of the influences on myconcept of “artist” was
Charlton Heston
asMichelangelo in The Agonyand the Ecstasy, 1965.He portrayed the artist ashardly a contemplative type - high passion, high drama, plenty of sturmand drang.But unlike that "type" of artist, many creative people are inner-directedand highly sensitive, often working quietly alone.From my postAgitation or Not – Eric Maisel on Calm and Creativity.Many artists create work to present a fuller and more authenticrepresentation of themselves and other people than what appears inentertainment media.
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