Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Food for thought

"Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping. When tests of masculinity/femininity are given to young people, over and over one finds that creative and talented girls are more dominant and tough than other girls, and creative boys are more sensitive and less aggressive than their male peers.

This tendency toward androgyny is sometimes understood in purely sexual terms, and therefore it gets confused with homosexuality. But psychological androgyny is a much wider concept referring to a person's ability to be at the same time aggressive and nurturant, sensitive and rigid, dominant and submissive, regardless of gender. A psychologically androgynous person in effect doubles his or her repertoire of responses. Creative individuals are more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one, too."

- By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
(from this interesting article)

1 comment:

Andre said...

Thanks for posting this one. Csikszentmihalyi's book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is one of the most important books I've ever read. One of my profs recommended it during my 3rd or 4th year of undergrad. It made my twenties bearable, (just barely)!

Hope you're well!