On Introversion & Creativity


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?

19 comments:

  1. I'm in more or less the same boat as you. While I do enjoy being with my friends, I can only socialise for a certain amount of time. While other people may think that a great weekend is going out and getting pissed, for me a good weekend is one where I find a new album that I love or finish a great book. I enjoy spending time with just myself and my thoughts. Great post, and just as well written as usual!

    Killian
    http://leaf-on-the-breeze.blogspot.ie/

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    1. That's exactly the same for me. I think it's nice to shut yourself off sometimes – it's very calming and introspective. :)

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  2. I'm a total introvert as well and prefer my own company. If it's a large group meeting then I'll be cursing myself that I didn't cancel haha
    I do think being an introvert does affect creativity because we're used to dwelling on things and being closed off means more time to think and dream and create. Fab post, Ruby!

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    1. Yep, definitely more time to dwell on ideas!

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  3. INTROVERTS FOR THE WIN. And that doodle is on point. And everything about this post [obviously]..I spend most of my introverted days creating [which is awesome], thinking and stressing [not so awesome]. xD

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    1. Aw thank you Haawwwaaa! (The doodle was so rushed haha). And yep, over-thinking and stressing – definite downside.

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  4. I love being an introvert! Sometimes it can be lonely though.

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  5. YAY INTROVERTS!
    I've always been an introvert - and actually my head of year criticised me for it. I'm more than happy reading, writing, blogging and fangirling over Harry Potter as oppose to being out of my comfort zone.

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    1. Oh I hate it when teachers try and made introverts step out of their comfort zone; they say it's "confidence building", but I don't think they realise it actually makes the student feel uncomfortable, exposed and, ultimately, less confident.

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  6. I'm still not sure whether I'm an introvert or an extrovert. While sometimes I prefer being alone, sometimes I can't stand being alone. I need to be talking to someone about the randomest things especially while I'm studying haha. I prefer to be talking to someone than sitting still. Sometimes though I like just being by myself just thinking about life lol. I guess I am both.

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    1. Haha a mix of both is probably a happy middle. :)

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  7. I would say that there's a direct relationship with being an Introvert and creativity. I have a serious lack of creative thoughts if I've been socializing for too long. If I'm surrounded by people I can't think about anything else. I like people, but sometimes I just want to be alone and hone in on my creative thoughts.

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    1. Yes! I'm definitely someone who has a lot of ideas and thoughts, and I need a couple of hours a week to let them loose haha. Too much socialising means I suppress all this creativity.

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  8. I am an introvert. Though I feel like I'm not very creative because I often get writers block and I often can't think of new and creative blog posts. I seem to always find my best ideas come when I'm on my own.

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    1. Writer's block is a pain! But, thankfully, it never lasts too long.

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  9. I’ve just found your blog and want to say Hello! And introduce myself (I’m Romi- Hello again!) before moving on to comment properly. So yes. That’s done. Nice to meet you!
    I really, really like your thoughts in this post. You’ve written a splendid, thoughtful post that I identify with. I am an introvert too and am often only comfortable being loud with the people I know the best, and I adore being alone for hours on end to just complete my tasks and work and find inspiration within myself. Thinking about it, I agree with what you say about your inspiration coming from your introversion. Not completely do I think this summarises how it works for me, but definitely in more than a couple of ways does that apply to me.
    Oh, I’m really looking forward to following your blog and reading more of your work! This post made me really thoughtful of my own introversion ad work process, and it made me happy, too! xx

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  10. Excellent details. Cheers for providing us all this kind of helpful details. Sustain the excellent do the job in addition to proceed providing us all more high quality details every now and then.Creative

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  11. I think I am an introvert too since I'm living most of the time in two worlds. I can't imagine just living in the reality - it has to be very boring. So I can indentify with your great post - and I agree with you that creativity comes from our inner world.

    Dana

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