Unpredictability is often said to be the essence of creativity. And creativity is, by definition, surprising. Creative people are sensitive, visionary, impulsive and genuinely see things differently – often times more clearly than the average individual. That creativity is formed by a whole host of characteristics: intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral, making those people more open to the world around them.

For example, the well-known perceptual phenomenon called inattentional blindness (the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task, event, or object) is a characteristic uncommon in creative people.

Other identifiable uniqueness:

  • own a great deal of physical energy, while often quiet and at rest.
  • are smart yet naive at the same time
  • combine playfulness and discipline
  • alternate between imagination and fantasy, yet have a rooted sense of reality.
  • tend to be both extroverted and introverted
  • are humble and proud
  • likely both rebellious and conservative
  • are passionate about their work, yet extremely objective about it as well

Creative-minded people seemed to find an unusual synthesis between healthy and pathological behaviors. In a study of creative writers, it has been found that the average writer was in the top 15% of the general population on all measures of psychopathology while also scoring extremely high on all measures of psychological health.

They are able to juggle seemingly contradictory modes of thought—cognitive and emotional, deliberate and spontaneous and this allows them to draw on a wide range of strengths, characteristics and thinking styles in their work.