Saturday, August 23, 2014

Strange Habits of Highly Creative People

According to Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, eccentric people tend to be more creative because of something called "cognitive dis-inhibition.

Getting up early was a habit and a ”must” of Ernest Hemingway and Marcel Proust, Beethoven was drinking dozens of cups of coffee a day, and Benjamin Franklin had his ritual of ”air-bath” in front of an open window while V.S. Pritchett adored a glass of martini with his lunch. All modern analysis and researches,done on this matter did not lead to a ritual or weird habits that would be common for all those great minds, but they did discover that majority of them had some sort of eccentric habit or rule.

Albert Einstein picked up cigarette butts off the street to get tobacco for his pipe.

"Basically, creative folks have less of a filter on their thoughts and actions, which makes them more likely to do things that don’t follow the norms of behavior.

Francis Bacon, a British artist who painted gruesome and intense portraits, lived the high life. Bottles of wine, beers at the pub, and drinks at private clubs were a daily routine. Interestingly, all the imbibing and hard living helped his creativity.

T.S. Eliot wore green-tinted face powder and lipstick

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