How does creativity happen?
Have you ever had inspirational moments where something new and different just pops out? You can’t explain the process – it just happens!
“If play expires in itself without creating anything durable and vital, it is only play, but in the other case it is called creative work. Out of a playful movement of elements whose interrelations are not immediately apparent, patterns arise which an observant and critical intellect can only evaluate afterward. The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” — C.G. Jung
The creative process starts in the right brain – which doesn’t know words, only patterns. Once our right brain has possession of the ideas and patterns, the left brain needs to take over and put the ideas into words to share with the world.
So… which MBTI types prefer which side of the brain? If you don’t know your type, take this quick quiz and remember your letters.
All sixteen personality types use both sides of the brain, but in general, Js tend to use the left side of the brain more, Ps the right side. This post explains more about the differences.