Ironically, many of the things which don’t go down too well in the average workplace could be signs of a creative mind, like missing deadlines and daydreaming.
Dr Jeremy Dean of Psyblog says that recent studies have shown that daydreaming and sarcasm both require considerable mental powers – and can be signs of creativity.
Dr Dean writes, ‘People tend to think of daydreaming and letting the mind wander as a waste of time. How wrong they are.
Other signs of creativity include sarcasm – which actually inspires creativity – talking to people one disagrees with, and missing deadlines.
People who let their minds wander could actually be ‘digging deep’ for important inspiration, Dean writes.
Creative people also tend to be easily distracted, to make decisions unconsciously – and also tend to be neurotic.
Professor Moshe Bar says, ‘Over the last 15 or 20 years, scientists have shown that — unlike the localized neural activity associated with specific tasks — mind wandering involves the activation of a gigantic default network involving many parts of the brain.
This cross-brain involvement may be involved in behavioral outcomes such as creativity and mood, and may also contribute to the ability to stay successfully on-task while the mind goes off on its merry mental way.’