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The Traits of Highly Creative Adults

I’ve written a post about the creative personality for Writer Unboxed. ¬†This is a companion piece to that, a list of traits from Guiding Creative Talent by Paul Torrence.

Accepts disorder
Adventurous
Strong affection
Altruistic
Awareness of others
Always baffled by something
Attracted to disorder
Attracted to mysterious
Attempts difficult jobs (sometimes too difficult)
Bashful outwardly
Constructive in criticism
Courageous
Deep and conscientious conventions
Defies conventions of courtesy
Defies conventions of health
Desires to excel
Determination
Differentiated value-hierarchy
Discontented
Disturbs organization
Dominant (not in power sense)
Emotional
Emotionally sensitive
Energetic
A fault-finder
Doesn’t fear being thought different
Feels whole parade is out of step
Full of curiousity
Appears haughty and self-satisfied at times
Likes solitude
Independence in judgment
Independence in thinking
Individualistic
Intuitive
Industrious
Introversive
Keeps unusual hours
Lacks business ability
Makes mistakes
Easily bored
Nonconforming
Not hostile or negativistic
Not popular
Oddities of habit
Persistent
Becomes preoccupied by a problem
Preference for complex ideas
Questioning
Radical
Receptive to external stimuli
Receptive to ideas of others
Regresses occasionally
Rejection of suppression as a mechanism of impulse control
Rejection of repression
Reserved
Resolute
Self-assertive
Self-starter
Self-aware
Self-confident
Self-sufficient
Sense of destiny
Sense of humor
Sensitive to beauty
Shuns power
Sincere
Not interested in small details
Speculative
Sprited in disagreement
Strives for distant goals
Stubborn
Temperamental
Tenacious
Tender emotions
Timid
Thorough
Unconcerned about power
Somewhat uncultured, primitive
Unsophisticated, naive
Unwilling to accept anything on mere say-so
Visionary
Versatile
Willing to take risks
Somewhat withdrawn and quiescent

What do you think of this list? Valid, or not?

2 comments to The Traits of Highly Creative Adults

  • […] word of it–growing up. A lot of it is me today. I read the piece, and the linked list of Traits of Highly Creative Adults¬†somewhat skeptically. I know I’m a very creative person, but I didn’t expect any […]

  • Oh it’s such a relief to know that all my oddities and psychological imbalances are perfectly ‘normal’ for an introverted lover of reading and writing. It’s OK to be me after all!! And I’m in excellent company !!:)