How does your intellect interact with your creativity?
The conflict between head and heart
Jodie Foster has commented, “I can basically put my emotions aside and go headfirst, but it’s something I have to watch, because sometimes I don’t know how I feel about things…
"Until years later,” she adds, and laughs. I am someone who experiences the world through my head, so my psyche’s fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart. That’s what all my movies are about, too.”
Brie Larson once made a great comment about this ‘head’ and ‘heart’ interaction:
“I was the type of person that would show a PowerPoint presentation about why I should do something versus crying and screaming over it.”
[Photo: Brie Larson in a poster for ‘Captain Marvel’.]
In addition to the creative value of being non-intellectual in your work, there can be unconscious ways you may limit yourself as an artist.
Psychotherapist Mihaela Ivan Holtz helps creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts.
She also writes about the emotional and creative pleasures and challenges of their inner lives on her site Creative Minds Psychotherapy.
Here is an excerpt from one of her articles on the topic of unconscious conflicts:
The uniquely competitive arts and entertainment world can easily trigger your worst unconscious conflicts.
You hear things like “planets have to align for you to make it.” And yet, many artists become successful every year.
While you may not be able to control when and how the “planets align” for you, you can align yourself with possibilities and opportunities.
Your unconscious mind can sabotage your dreams. What if you could understand your unconscious mind and turn it into your ally?
Read more in my article Keeping out of your head to be more creative http://thecreativemind.net/3602/keeping-out-of-your-head-to-act/