Links to Think

Links to Think: 13.11.11

November 11, 2013


Why Creative People Sometimes Make Know Sense – I really enjoyed this post, and perhaps others can identify with many of these traits. (And really, there’s a “creative person” in all of us, somewhere. There are nine of these listed in the post.)

“Mihaly describes 9 contradictory traits that are frequently present in creative people:

01 Most creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but are often quiet and at rest. They can work long hours at great concentration.

02 Most creative people tend to be smart and naive at the same time. “It involves fluency, or the ability to generate a great quantity of ideas; flexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspective to another; and originality in picking unusual associations of ideas. These are the dimensions of thinking that most creativity tests measure, and that most creativity workshops try to enhance.”

03 Most creative people combine both playfulness and productivity, which can sometimes mean both responsibility and irresponsibility. “Despite the carefree air that many creative people affect, most of them work late into the night and persist when less driven individuals would not.” Usually this perseverance occurs at the expense of other responsibilities, or other people.

04 Most creative people alternate fluently between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality. In both art and science, movement forward involves a leap of imagination, a leap into a world that is different from our present. Interestingly, this visionary imagination works in conjunction with a hyperawareness of reality. Attention to real details allows a creative person to imagine ways to improve them.

05 Most creative people tend to be both introverted and extroverted. Many people tend toward one extreme or the other, but highly creative people are a balance of both simultaneously.”

Pretty Woman and Why You Judge “Prostitutes” – Not only is this post helpful, but so are the comments and the original authors responses.

“One of the most common questions I get about sex-trafficking is, “But don’t some of the women in the sex industry choose that lifestyle?” I know at that point the questioner’s knowledge of the sex-industry comes from Pretty Woman and other glamorized entertainment (including billboards & ads, no matter how air-brushed and smiling they are).

There’s a three year old girl who’s been giving favors to her stepdad since she was old enough to talk. It might hurt, but it’s as normal to her as eating Cheerios and playing with My Little Pony. When she’s a teenager someone offers to pay her for doing something as normal to her as brushing her teeth, painting her nails. Her body has never belonged to her, why should it start now?”

“There’s a 18 year girl in Moldova who’s been in orphanages since she was six or seven, after her parents left the country to find better work for themselves. She’s aging out. She’s pretty and quiet and on the hunt for a honest job to provide for herself. She accepts a job as a dancer, a housekeeper, or a factory worker. She is tricked, drugged, and trafficked for use in pornographic material.”



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