Developing Multiple Talents free sample pdf

“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.” –

Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high-ee), quoted in my post The Complexity of the Creative Personality – and in my book Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression.

I just posted a free sample PDF of the book. Enjoy.

People with the personality trait of high sensitivity have qualities that can help make them more creative, including a greater awareness of subtleties in emotional and sensory detail.

Even if you are not working in an obviously “creative” job or career, if you are highly sensitive [see Dr. Elaine Aron's self-test] you can benefit emotionally and spiritually from engaging with and making use of your creative abilities. That is, of course, also true for the other 80 percent of people who are not highly sensitive, but especially for those of us who are.

A number of people claim to have had an idyllic or happy early life, the sort evoked by this photo: “The Walk to Paradise Garden” [1946] by W. Eugene Smith.

But for many of us who have been highly sensitive all our lives, or had especially challenging experiences as children, that image does not feel like a fit.

Author Jenna Forrest writes in a post: “At the age of seven, I was dramatically sensitive, ultra-shy, pretty picky and painstakingly conscientious.

“My pastime of choice was studying the mysterious intricacies of the world from the safety of the shrub outside my front door.

Motherhood and creative work

This is a Slideshare presentation:

Pursuing a creative life while being a mother has many challenges – but also rewards.