Enacting what personality psychologist Brain Little calls calls a “free trait” (behaving out of character in pursuit of a deeply meaningful personal project) indeed is helpful in moving beyond our comfort zones.
“I’m a superfan of the excitement of creativity and creating something that didn’t exist an hour before… it’s the magical aspect of it.” – Chris Cornell, 2008
There IS a magical aspect to creativity whether its capturing a fleeting moment in a photograph, a feeling, thought, or emotion in a song, or in creating a new life for oneself. In the shuffle of life, we too often lose sight of the fact that life is a creative act from birth to death. The more distracted we are from our true capacities the less likely we engage with or appreciate the malleable nature of our lives.
Problem-led leadership or leaders who do not aspire to be leaders but to inspire others through their enthusiasm to solve a problem. Sounds fitting for HSS/HSPs especially! Traditional leadership is less interesting for many of us as it is an always-on role. Many more growth-oriented HSS/HSPs and HSPs may prefer to view their “leadership” contribution as temporary and situation-dependent rather than the full-time stress and responsibility that burns people out, as we all know too well…
“What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if we don’t find speaking easy? And is technology helping with these things? Does it draw us closer together, or trap us behind screens?”
Critical thinking – a perennial topic in dire need of much love in our world. The good news? Critical thinking is a SKILL that anyone can learn, if they are willing to do a few things throughout life:
– invest the time to learn how to think critically and creatively (foundation for critical thinking is a great resource!) – be aware of the human tendency to engage in quick, easy, yet faulty thinking (and be willing to self-correct as needed) – hone critical thinking skills through practice, practice, practice…