Stress alone does not necessarily promote creativity, but stress in addition to support is a more likely formula. For example, Cervantes, Picasso, Freud, Einstein, Goethe, Beethoven, Dickens, and Marx are believed to come from such a background. Moreover, although families of creative individuals tend to be tense and stressful, they may also be structured in a way that buffers stress. For instance, parental neglect may be counterbalanced by attentive siblings, relatives, or friends. A child with an abusive parent may receive attention and love from the other parent. Even in situations of poverty, parents of creative achievers attempt to shelter their children from adversity and emphasize the importance of books and education.
Thus, parents interpret the situations for their children, and these interpretations affect how the child will react to the events. In particular, this parental intervention might trigger a certain level of resilience in the children. Their creative talents and the enriched, child-centered home environment may also contribute to these children's ability to navigate difficult times. Resilience does not mean immunity from stress, but rather the capacity to cope well and be able to function even in the midst of adversity.
Further, resilient children and creative children share many characteristics. Indeed, both are likely to be curious, intelligent, and fast learners. They are able to concentrate and problem solve. Both also seem to have good self-esteem, and be independent. In terms of family background, and again, consistently with creative children's profiles, resilient children are close to their parents. These parents are likely to be authoritative, and are loving, communicative, and supportive. They hold high standards, and supervise their children closely.
It is important to note, however, that most childhoods marked by adversity lead to negative outcomes. For instance, poverty can prevent parents from having enough time for their children, and lack of parental involvement and support have been associated with low self-esteem and behavioral problems. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi stated that when one has to fight to guarantee basic survival, there is no time and resources left for anything else. In addition, not all creative achievers are resilient since a higher than average percentage of creative writers and other creators suffer from a mood disorder.
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