Being Highly Sensitive and Creative - Page 27

"Some of these attempts to live life in response to a sensitive temperament may appear eccentric or cause problems for others... but sensitivity also opens up pathways towards the important and highly valued human ability to create and also to live creatively." ~~~ In my Creative Mind blog post Elaine Aron on Creativity and Sensitivity, I note that if they are highly sensitive, people tend to notice more of their outer and inner environments, and process more sensory information. All of which can help make us more creative. Creative people more open to stimuli from environment Here is a summary of a research study that explains some of the neuroscience underlying high sensitivity. The study ("Decreased Latent Inhibition Is Associated With Increased Creative Achievement in High-Functioning Individuals" in the September 2003 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) says the brains of creative people appear to be more open to incoming stimuli from the surrounding environment. Other people's brains might shut out this same information through a process called "latent inhibition" - defined as an animal's unconscious capacity to ignore stimuli that experience has shown are irrelevant to its needs. Through psychological testing, the researchers showed that creative individuals are much more likely to have low levels of latent inhibition. "This means that creative individuals remain in contact with the extra information constantly streaming in from the environment," says coauthor and University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Co-researcher and psychology lecturer Shelley Carson of Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences said "Scientists have wondered for a long time why madness and creativity seem linked.