People ask, are sensitive women more creative? Everything I have read so far would suggest that we are. But I don’t really know. Being sensitive myself, it makes sense to me that we, perhaps, create more. Because we notice things and feel things more intensely than other people.
In “Wired to Create”, Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire write:
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
Wired to Create is a great book. I highly recommend it.
What is true is, that we are all creative. But some people use their creativity more than others. And then gets good at creating.
Not much hocus pokus there.
But there’s no question that us sensitive behave differently than others. We are biologically wired with an active sensory system, we get easier “full up” than others, and react to it.
For that reason, I reckon us HSP’s and empaths have a bigger need to express our feelings. We take in a lot of the world around us, and it becomes unbearable to keep it all under the hood. So we create. We write, paint, take pictures. Express.
Creating becomes our way of making sense of all the input we get during a day.
You don’t have to be sensitive to create
No, of course, you don’t. We are all creative, and most of us are being creative without knowing we are. We do many things in a day that are creative, moments when we use our imagination.
Creativity is so many things, it is so big, that you’ll find it hard to find someone who isn’t being creative at some stage in their life.
If you’re into going deeper into what creativity is, Sir Ken Robinson talks about what creativity is in this video. He has been studying creativity and education for over 40 years. I’m a big fan. He’s funny too, in that very English way.
Are sensitive women more creative?
I find the conversation about who is most creative, not interesting. Comparison is a creative killer.
You probably know from your own life, that some people are more curious than others. Some people you know are more playful than others.
At the end of the day, creativity is about doing, and if we don’t act on our ideas and interests, if we are not prepared to make mistakes, and mess things up, then we are not practicing creativity.
I find that conversation much more interesting.
The conversation of “are you creating your life?” And if you are not. Why not? What’s stopping you?
That is my favorite conversation.
I think schools ought to introduce children to as many ways to create as possible. To show kids as many materials and creative expressions as possible.
Can you imagine how great it would be if we all knew how to paint, and write, and sculpt, and sew, and build, and knit, and drill, and much more? Amazing things would exist.
Let’s have that conversation. 🙂