From my wife. She is working on her masters degree and is currently doing an independant study on how creativity operates in the mind. She just emailed me this quote the other day and I thought it really fit me well. Here is her email: "My artist-love, This is from a very informative article that I have found. This is only a part of the section on dispositions and traits of the creative person. I think this describes you and I very well...the androgynous part I'm not sure fits you as well. -bis
Csikszentmihalyi and his colleagues (1996) interviewed over 90 exceptional, creative men and women from around the world, including artists, who were at least 60 years old and had made contributions in a major domain in their own culture. Traits they found associated with creativity were often dichotomous and included: displaying a great amount of physical energy and a need for quiet times, being wise and childish, being playful and disciplined, using imagination rooted in reality, being extroverted and introverted, being humble and proud, displaying a tendency toward being androgynous, being traditional and rebellious, being passionate yet objective about work, and displaying ability to suffer and enjoy creation for its own sake (Zimmerman, 1999, 2005, 2006)."