4 Myths About Creative Careers You Probably Believe

Try to think of a person pursuing a creative career. What picture do you see? Most of us will conjure up the familiar image of a painter in a studio, intensely focused on his art, with broken-backed art books and wrinkled tubes of paint scattered across the floor. Others may imagine animators, game designers and fashion gurus throwing ideas around buzzy, loft-style office spaces. But few of us would make the connection to science, paperwork—or superheroes.

Confused? Let’s explode some of the myths you probably believe about creative careers.

Conscientiousness: the Alpha Trait? (And How You Can Improve Yours)

Conscientiousness is one of the five personality traits described in the Big Five model of personality psychology. It's used to describe a person's tendency to be organized and goal-oriented.

Someone with a high degree of conscientiousness is self-disciplined, efficient, orderly and methodical. They place a lot of importance on getting stuff done - and getting it done properly. They turn up on time, meet deadlines and follow the rules.

It's hardly the most tantalizing trait in the pack.

The ENFP's Simple 5 Step Guide to Choosing a Career

If you're an ENFP, there are a host of career options and opportunities available that will utilize your unique personality. There’s only one catch – ENFP personality types may have difficulty choosing and sticking with a particular career path. Their propensity to leap before looking can lead to a circuitous or meandering travel from job to job; flitting from one to another without purpose or plan. While this is a great way to explore a myriad of positions and experiment with different fields of endeavor, it’s not necessarily the most strategic approach.

Why You Should Quit Brainstorming and What You Should Do Instead

Pioneered by advertising executive Alex Osborn in the 1940s, brainstorming has become the most popular creativity technique of all time. It operates as a kind of verbal free-for-all where participants think by association to come up with ideas to solve a problem.

For a business facing complex challenges, brainstorming is a compelling proposition. Lots of ideas are produced in very little time. Employees are democratically involved in the decision-making process and therefore are less likely to resist the implementation of the ideas later on. It sounds like the Holy Grail.

3 Exercises to Help Sensors and Intuitives Communicate

Have you ever tried to explain something that your conversation partner simply could not understand? Chances are, you were speaking to someone at the opposite end of the Sensing-Intuition spectrum. The two terms describe how a person creates meaning from the information they receive from the world. 

How Sensors and Intuitives Communicate

As a quick reminder, let’s take a look at the way Sensors and Intuitives process information.

Where Are All the Female (Fictional) INTJs?

Not long ago, I was trying to think of fictional female INTJs, because that’s what one does when one is a nonfictional female INTJ with too much time to think. It’s a glamorous life.

I then realized that I could not think of a single fictional counterpart for myself. A friend helpfully pointed out that both main characters in Silence of the Lambs—Hannibal Lecter (male) and Clarice Starling (female)—are INTJ personality types.

So my list increased from zero to one.

The INTP's Guide to Dealing With Emotions

As an INTP your world is nearly entirely based on your finely tuned, logically constructed framework of the world.

You understand how most things work, and you are confident in your abilities. Through trial and error, you have built a real understanding of most things in life.

Unfortunately, at some point in your life you realize, "Hey, I got feelings, and logic isn't helping anymore."

Stress Management: What We Can Learn From Perceivers

There are certainly some folks out there who like operating from only rigid guidelines. Though it’s important to know what is expected of you in the workplace, many people stress over strict requirements. For that majority, Perceivers could impart wisdom on better handling such stress.

Even though it may appear that the Perceiving type is a little loose in dealing with work priorities, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Unless taken to the extreme, their open-ended approach to the world is simply a direct focus on process, not product.

Opposites Attract: The True Story of an ENFP Married (Happily!) to an ISTJ

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked how I’ve managed to stay married for as long as I have. “Y’all are SO different,” my southern friends will exclaim, stretching the “so” into five syllables. And, we are exactly that – quite different. The last time we took a personality test together our data analyst winced. “You two are – married?" he asked in a confused tone, part disbelief, part pity. “Oh, my.”

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