Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has spent half a life time studying the creative personality, attempting to understand what makes them so very special. Apparently, they’re pretty strange folks:
Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an “individual,” each of them is a “multitude.”
I’d like to think that everyone is as wondrously complex and contradictory as he paints the creative breed, but I’m certainly not going to spend 30 years proving that point. Still, his list makes for a good read, and several of the traits he lists definitely ring true. Though so does my astrological description, and we all know that’s complete horseshit.