Being creative can often make us feel high, our adrenaline and endorphins give us a buzz that helps us to express with passion. It's a good thing when used in the right way. Sometimes though, creatives like you and me can get carried away with our own reality and lose sight of sensitive issues. Art sometimes wants to upset people, art can upset people in a certain and premeditated way. Although narcissistic, this requires as much sensitivity as is needed to avoid upsetting people. Of course, we can't be responsible for the way people interpret what we have or do, however if we want to be successful then we need to think about what pains people have so we can avoid those things. Here are some great factors to consider when creating sensitively.
Care about your subject. It's not just another topic to wave your wand over, it's a real thing in a real world. Gain an holistic understanding of your subject and the people you are targeting with your ideas. We need to appreciate the fine points and understand how these are positively and negatively affected.
Don't be scary. Sounds obvious but think about it some more. You're a stranger, your work is new and different. People don't often take too kindly to strangers offering them strange things. The more normal and considerate we are, the more chance someone will give us their attention.
Feel the emotions of others. Again, we can't help have empathy and sympathy, however these things start from us. Listen to people more and instead of placing what our empathy feels in our mind, place what they are telling us they feel in our mind instead. It's usually much more accurate if we listen. Empathy is a result of our own mirror neurons imagining what it is like combined with subtle cues in body language and tone. It's not flawless and we're not all the same inside, we are all unique individuals.
Peer behind the masks. Some people pretend to be something they're not and often we can tell. Other times, we just always put our best foot forwards. This gives the impression we only have great feet. Of course this is not true, and if you look more deeply we can often see the other foot and the face behind the mask.
Be an introvert, for a bit. Spending our focus completely on the outside world gives us great people power. We feel active and part of the human machine. But we tend to not give anything much thought. When we're out there, doing our thing, we work on the assumption that our minds are made up and our knowledge is right. This changes when we go in on ourselves, we start to second guess, re-evaluate, and post judge. Once we allow this as a natural part of our personal growth, our creative output will reflect our learning.
Try not to be annoying. If something is annoying, people wont want anything to do with it. They'll roll their eyes and try to look like they're not interested at all. Everything from the wrong clothes to the wrong music can annoy the hell out of people. Noisy and obstructive environments all serve to stop someone from enjoying anything.
Nothing wrong with a night in. It doesn't have to be a party everyday, and your social circle can live without you from time to time. Back to the introvert advice,spend time away from the crowds and enjoy your own time.
Take your time with thinking. The first thing that springs to mind is often not as inventive and powerful as the next, and the next. The more we assess a situation or a problem, the more effective our ideas will become. Unless it's really urgent, put off decision making until you've given your mind enough time to really think about it.
Ruminate. Taking thinking to a new level, don't just think about something. Think around it, think about all the things that are to do with the subject. Really give the mind a whole picture with connected information.
Pay attention. The little cues going on behind the main event are just as important. The picture on the wall in the hall before the show for example. Every little detail has to be manicured and produced to reflect the spirit and the intent of what you have to offer.
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