I'm an introvert.
Now, this doesn't mean I'm antisocial, or unexciting, or spiritless, it just means I'm often content with the company of my own mind. This said, the most accurate definition I've found, is this; introvert: one who focuses on the inner world of thoughts and ideas. And, often, I feel that, if I weren't such an introverted person, I wouldn't be so inclined to spending my days reading, writing, blogging and creating. In fact, I think my introverted nature is the cornerstone of my creativity.
And the truth is this: I love my mind. Of course I enjoy hanging out with my close group of friends, but I equally enjoy spending time with just me, my mind and a piece of paper. I enjoy crawling into the hidden crevices of my mind, and taking solace within the deeply-buried thoughts and ideas; I enjoy curling up under the duvets with a book in hand; and nothing excites me like an hour alone with a blank notebook. And it's within these moments my creativity reaches its peak.
These hours of reading, writing and blogging – where I'm left to enjoy the companionship of my ideas and my thoughts – are wonderful. It makes me wonder why so many adults turn to the quieter children and note, "you always have your head in the clouds" – as if it's wrong to be so entranced by your own imagination.
It's easy to confuse those who talk the loudest, and those who have the best ideas. Introverts, although not as outgoing and, often, not as confident as extroverts, make up some of the world's best creators (due to this deeply introspective focus on the mind). The majority of my favourite authors, for instance, are introverts – showing ideas can be communicated quietly, yet powerfully. To quote Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking: “…remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.”
So, yes, I'm an introvert. And, whilst I don't intend to discredit or devalue extroverts (after all, a balance of the two is needed), I feel that my inclination towards introversion powers my creativity; being an introvert hasn't quietened me, no, not at all.
Are you a fellow introvert? What do you think about the relationship between introversion and creativity?