One of the inner demons we may face as creative people is perfectionism.
Claire Danes on moving past perfectionism
“My therapist gives me permission to accept that I’m human.”
Actor Claire Danes also explained in an interview that, as a kid, she “was on this whole perfection trip. And that’s just totally boring. And arrogant!…
“I finally realized after years of therapy.. that you can encourage yourself to move further in a nurturing way.”
Taking care to “encourage yourself to move further” is, of course, something that people typically choose to manage on their own, but a counselor or therapist can help us do it more fully and effectively.
Many gifted, talented, sensitive people may experience self-limiting traits like perfectionism.
They may also experience anxiety and mood disorders, which, for some people, can be managed better with the help of a counselor or psychotherapist. See list under “Resources” in the menu bar at top of the pages on this site.
Making sense of our intensities
Counseling is not just about dealing with disorder.
Educational consultant Annemarie Roeper, Ed.D. notes “Gifted people see life in the most brilliant colors and are capable of the greatest joy and the greatest desperation. They try to build all this into a functioning Self….
“Making sense of themselves and feeling fulfilled are often the forces that lead toward seeking counseling.”
Continued in article Learning to befriend our demons.
Perfectionism may drive procrastination
Paula Prober is a therapist specializing in gifted adults and parenting gifted children.
She notes in an her article Taming the Procrastination Beast that “Smart people procrastinate” – fueled by thoughts such as:
“I have to be brilliant all the time or people will see I’m not so smart. They’ll be disappointed in me and I can’t let that happen.
“My identity depends on my achievements. If I fail at something, it means I’m worthless.
“I believe that everything I do needs to be perfect.”
Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth by Paula Prober. “Do you long to drive a Ferrari at top speed on the open road, but find yourself always stuck on the freeway during rush hour? Do you wonder how you can feel like ‘not enough’ and ‘too much’ at the same time?”
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Claire Danes on taking time to discover herself
Looking back at her earlier career and the fame of her 1994 show My So-Called Life, Claire Danes admitted in an interview that she always took herself very seriously.
“I think because I am as earnest as I am, people were accepting of my evolving into a certified, legitimate…grown up.”
The TalentDevelop and Creative Mind network of sites includes many articles on emotional health related to creative people – including these: