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English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott once wrote, “Part of the satisfaction which a creative person obtains from his achievement may be the feeling that, at last, some part of his inner life is being accepted which has never been accorded recognition before.”
Perhaps this explains why introverts are so drawn to creative pursuits. Introverts want to share their inner worlds with others, but might not feel that they’re able to properly express themselves in conventional social circumstances, so they need to find another outlet for their creativity.
Another defining characteristic of introverts is their love of being alone, and this quality also lends itself well to creative pursuits. The introvert can sit by themselves for hours coming up with a wonderful new creation – a task that would send many extroverts running for the nearest party. These days, however, with the rise of open-plan offices and the decline of the so-called traditional music industry, it seems to be getting harder and harder to find places where one can both work alone and work on something creative.