5 of the Biggest Myths About Creative People

Creativity is generally defined as the ability to come up with imaginative or unique ideas that haven’t been thought up by anyone else before. But because the word tends to be overused in describing everything from team effort in a workplace setting to throwing a themed dinner party at home, its true meaning can often seem vague and unclear even when used in certain contexts.

People who are labeled as “creatives” even sometimes get a bad rap for all the misconceptions about what they do and how they work. If that’s you, or even someone you know, it may be worth reviewing some of the following points that totally debunk some of the most common stereotypical assumptions about creative people.

Myth #1: Creative people are right-brained.

You’ve probably heard it before: The right side of the brain is responsible for creativity, while the left side is all about analytical thinking. You can stop believing this is true, because modern science has determined that the creative process involves many regions across the brain that isn’t limited to just one side. Many regions even interact and work together, depending on the stage in the creative process and what the task may be.

Myth #2: Creative people pull their inspiration out of thin air.

Otherwise known as the “eureka!” myth, it’s popular to assume that creatives spend hours and hours of their time thinking until suddenly the big idea they’ve been waiting for just arises out of nowhere when they least expect it. It may seem like that’s what’s happening, but you can chalk it all up to something we all do, called divergent thinking—the type of relaxed and aimless thinking that happens when you take a break from focusing on the problem at hand and allow your mind to wander.

Myth #3: Creative people specialize in the arts.

Musicians, writers, painters, sculptors, dancers and actors—they’re the real creatives, aren’t they? We all have to be careful with thinking that creativity applies mostly or only to some of these very specific forms of art. A scientist may need to look for new clues in his research, a team of engineers may need to come up with an innovative product to stand out from the competition or an accountant may need to figure out a different approach to audit financial statements. All these seemingly unimaginative jobs involve much more creativity than you might assume.

Myth #4: Creative people are simply born with it.

Many people look at very successful creative individuals and assume that their talent simply comes naturally to them. What they don’t see are the days, weeks, months and years these people have put into their work, the knowledge and experience they acquired and the many failures they endured before finding success. Creativity can be a learned skill, as long as you’re willing to work for it.

Myth #5: Creative people are loners.

It’s obvious that some of the most famous artists, scientists and inventors that have made their mark on the world are known to have been lone geniuses who thrived on carrying out their artwork and experiments for hours in seclusion. That may be the case for some, but in other cases, sometimes one person ends up receiving all the credit when in fact the creative process depended on the collaborative efforts of an entire team. After all, when you think about it, it would seem pretty impossible for one person to be solely responsible for all the creativity behind an Oscar-worthy Hollywood movie, a band’s chart-topping album or even a massive breakthrough in scientific research.

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