Being Highly Sensitive and Creative - Page 17

3. Emotional awareness We also tend to be more aware of our inner emotional states, which can make for richer and more profound creative work as writers, musicians, actors or other artists. A greater response to pain, discomfort, and physical experience can mean sensitive people have the potential, at least, to take better care of their health. 4. Creativity Psychologist Elaine Aron estimates about twenty percent of people are highly sensitive, and 70 percent of those are introverted, which is a trait that can also encourage creativity. As examples, there are many actors who say they are shy, and director Kathryn Bigelow, who recently won an Academy Award, has said, "I'm kind of very shy by nature." The star of her movie The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner (who was reportedly shy as a child) has commented that "in social situations she can be painfully shy." I don't know either of these artists, but - being shy myself - I tend to at least wonder when someone considers themself 'shy' if they might not also be highly sens