The Breed Myth

Although creativity isn't a gift from the muses or someth­ing that comes exclusively to a small group of individuals in a spectacular insight, it can still seem as though creative individuals are a select group. It feels as if the people we view as outstandingly creative are just a certain breed—that they are cut from different cloth than the rest of us. Sometimes they even appear different on the surface. Because they look and act so different, we're tempted to assume that they must be different underneath. This is what I call the Breed Myth, the notion that creative individuals are a different breed from normal humans or that something in their genetic code draws them to more creative pursuits. We're eager to believe that ...

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