10 Paradoxes

frontdetail-paradox-of-poweA paradox is a true statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition; or, inversely, it can be an apparent contradiction that actually expresses a non-dual truth (cf. Koan). Typically, either the statements in question do not really imply the contradiction, the puzzling result is not really a contradiction, or the premises themselves are not all really true or cannot all be true together. The word paradox is often used interchangeably with contradiction. Often, mistakenly, it is used to describe situations that are ironic.

The recognition of ambiguities, equivocations, and unstated assumptions underlying known paradoxes has led to significant advances in science, philosophy and mathematics. But many paradoxes, such as Curry’s paradox, do not yet have universally accepted resolutions.

Sometimes the term paradox is used for situations that are merely surprising. The birthday paradox, for instance, is unexpected but perfectly logical. The logician Willard V. O. Quine distinguishes falsidical paradoxes, which are seemingly valid, logical demonstrations of absurdities, from veridical paradoxes, such as the birthday paradox, which are seeming absurdities that are nevertheless true. Paradoxes in economics tend to be the veridical type, typically counterintuitive outcomes of economic theory. In literature a paradox can be any contradictory or obviously untrue statement, which resolves itself upon later inspection. (Wikipedia.com)


10 Paradoxes On Creative People & My Opinion
Based On Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, HarperCollins, 1996.

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

In my opinion, among all of the paradoxes that been stated, there are no exact criterion to describe the word creative or creative people. But somehow those people who are “consider as creative” may have some similarities in them. Well, the term of a great deal of physical energy are very often seen in creative people, mostly they are have this two reverse habits. If an idea comes up to mind, then they could be as active as a multilevel marketing salespeople. Infact, they’ll do anything to make those ideas come true. However, among their spare time those creative people most likely “some time” which can be as long as they want to recharge the brain.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

Well, I am not agree if creative people consider as naïve at the same time. See the terms of smart and naïve are very different and there are no relation among it . Creative people just have “difference” way to express them self, eventough their difference are mostly considered as strange or impossible. But we do need differences, do we?

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

This paradox comes up with an interesting fact! It is strange that most creative people are those who are seems to be irresponsible and not discipline, which may seen from their appearance, life cycle, etc. However, I believe that they have their own way to be so called discipline and responsible. In addition, creative people are very playful (in a different way of course).


4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

I can’t agree more with this paradox, creative people are having this “thing” that other not have. It is the ability to explore ideas beyond their deep imagination and fantasize it. However, I believe the ideas that produce are also realistic. (Or realistic on their own term of “reality” and “make sense”?)

5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

I did not agree with this paradoxes, because there are no supporting data. Come on is there any research before? I believe not. In addition there are no specific measurement or criterion on the terms of extroverted and introverted. Those creative people are today extrovert and tomorrow introvert, it is up to them actually ☺

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

I don’t really know about this paradox true or not, however, those people I know whom I considered as creative are very humble and proud at the same time. I believe, this is a good thing for them, since they are going to make a difference in today’s world so they need to be humble in order to be accepted. And yes, the proud thing! Have to be careful about this most people can’t differ the term of proud or “too proud”.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

Those creative people true criterion are free minded, mostly they are open to every possibility that could or could not happen. I believe that those people must consider those narrowed thinking such as escape rigid role stereotyping. In my opinion, if you want to be creative it refers to make a difference or to think outside the box and I don’t think the needs to make a limitation about specific things are required.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

Again, I don’t agree with the correlation in between two different words and it’s definition. I believe that those creative people are spread into different categories, some of them are might be rebellious and some of them not. In every side of a story, there will be a two different opinion and a relation of it, so it could be there are the category of both rebellious and conservative at the same time. In addition, I think that just because most success and famous creative people ate people who are considered as rebellious (e.g drop out from college). So, people are consider them have the same type while actually it’s not.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

Of course they are very passionate people, moreover obout their work and ideas. They are those people who are willing to strive to get what they want. However, creative people are mostly objective because they could see something from different side from anyone else’s. Being an objective rather than a subjective people had it’s own advantages, they could use spread theor creativity to impress the subjective buyer.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

I agree with this paradox, I think that creative people openness and sensitivity could exposes their suffering and pain. This is because they are those people who are very expressive to their feelings. However, this suffering and pain could be a new object of creative object to express what they really feel. In addition, the could also share with other their suffer and pain, maybe there are people who are someway have the same pain? Really nice being creative isn’t it?

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  1. 5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

    If anything, creative people tend to opt out of the same ole rigamarole mundane things in life such as everyday conversation with the same people. On the other hand, place them in a fresh environment, such as in an airplane seat next to a stranger who is halfway open to conversation and they can talk for hours. Creatives need stimulation and seek the lubrication of their imagination constantly.

    We that being said, everyone is a creative. Some embrace it, some erase it.

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