creative people

Everyone has creativity. It’s a basic human characteristic, like language. It is fundamental to the way we adapt to life, find meaning and solve problems.

Some people, however, are more restlessly creative than others. Some rely on being a creative person as one element of their self-definition. Some have committed to a career that requires new ideas, new solutions, novel ways of approaching things or a constant creative output. Whether these people operate in technology, business, artistic or academic fields, the need to find the next new thing can become a significant stress. Creative blocks can arise, or the fear that the well will suddenly go dry.

The appetite that makes people strive to express themselves can be uncomfortable to live with. Being creative means being constantly unsatisfied with the past ways of doing things. This causes plenty of wear and tear. There can be a nagging wish to be appreciated or do something remarkable, and this sort of wish can be hard to appease. Everyone knows of very highly accomplished people who still feel that they haven’t quite achieved their potential.

Creative people can rub others the wrong way. They ask hard questions and don’t like to do things the way everyone else does. Fortunately, these qualities can be enormous assets in psychotherapy. It can take some creative collaboration to understand what you need and how to attain it.

Sometimes people come to therapy with the worry that their therapist is out to make them conform, and that all of their special quirks and peculiarities will get ironed out in the process. Usually what happens instead is that people become more specifically themselves: less inhibited, less guilty or ashamed, less fearful, and more ready to create.