Writing and the Creative Life: Why Creative People May Feel More Anxiety

“Why won’t the words come? And what if they’re the wrong words?
Know what? I hate words!”
  • conflict between our values and the values of others (what is and what ought to be)
  • interpersonal disharmony
  • lack of intellectual stimulation or challenge
  • challenges beyond our capability to respond
  • threats to emotional or physical well-being
  • lack of resources to accomplish a task
  • time constraints
  • setting excessively high standards for ourselves
  • fear of failure
  • fear of success
  • negative self-talk
  • emotionally loaded/highly evaluative beliefs about ourselves and our environment
  • believing that everyone should love, respect, and praise us
  • buying into others’ negative evaluations of us
  • catastrophizing
  • Perfectionism: Driven to excel in our creative endeavors. This can be a plus, but can also result in anxiety levels which constrict our ability to be productive.
  • Imagination: Creatives are capable of concocting a multitude of possibilities which is great for writing in terms of character and plot development, but it also means we can transfer that to our own lives and generate all sorts of scenarios for what can happen to us, including lots of bad things.

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