Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSToday’s episode was inspired by this bit of Dr. Elaine Aron’s writing:
“All HSPs are creative, by definition. Many have squashed their creativity because of their low self-esteem; many more had it squashed for them, before they could ever know about it.”
This quote really spoke to me.
Maybe this episode will serve as a reminder to introduce a little more creativity in your life (if you need it).
Related posts on this blog: Creativity & You & Me
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- The blog post I mention about creativity from Dr. Elaine Aron
- Douglas Eby’s book Highly Sensitive & Creative
Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Would you please add a written transcript of your podcasts. I do much better with the written word.
Hi Debbra! Thanks for your comment. For many of the episodes I have done a corresponding blog post with most of the same content, you can find that here in regards to creativity: http://highlysensitiveperson.net/creative/
But transcribing the podcasts is a good idea–thank you!
Kelly, you are a real lifesaver and genuinely inspiring. I really can’t thank you enough for helping me embrace and love the way I am – instead of apologising for it. I know this is a bit off topic but I am an HSP who trains and rehabilitates anxious dogs. I seem to be able to read their emotions like a book, so I’ve made it my job to help owners gain a better understanding of their pets through the use of animal behavioural science (of course) and positive reinforcement training. It’s so incredibly fulfilling coming up with more creative and efficient ways to communicate those principles. For so long I was focusing only on the negative aspects that can plague HSPs; that microscopic attention to detail can result in an unhealthy angle of self-criticism and low self esteem especially if that creativity has been crushed at an early age.
It wasn’t until discovering the methods of positive reinforcement in dog training and stumbling across your YouTube channel that I started to be able to make the most significant changes for the best. Previously to this I’ve spent the last 20 years as a nervous wreck. I’ve had PTSD, social anxiety, very regular panic attacks and an unshakeable inability to understand why I couldn’t “just deal with it” like everyone else mostly seemed to.
Thank you so much for sharing and for encouraging us to accept ourselves with pride.
It’s interesting that one commenter doesn’t like classes that dictate what you’re supposed to write. However, my expository (college freshman) writing instructor said one goal of the class was to make you see connections between different essays that most people wouldn’t think about. I suppose that’s promoting creativity but that’s a very counter-intuitive way to think of it. Especially since expos is a class that tells you what to write!
I get that it’s a short podcast but you don’t get into much detail about how people squash their creativity when that already know they have it. I think low self-esteem can play into some cases of writer’s block. It’s a dilemma for HSP’s because they have so much to say but also have trouble getting it out.