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04/11/2007: "Artistic Personality Type (True or not True?)"

The following ten traits and characteristics are typical of the Artistic personality type (from

1. Mood swings. Those of the Artistic temperament tend to experience a greater range of emotion than those of any other type. They are very emotionally reactive.

2. Artistic inclinations. The Artistic type is the most inclined of all the types to be involved with the fine arts, music, or literature (Keirsey, 204). They take an artistic approach to all aspects of their lives.

3. Independent work. Like "the majority of poets, novelists, composers, and to a lesser extent, of painters and sculptors," those of the Artistic type "are bound to spend a great deal of their time alone (Storr, ix)."

4. Relationships secondary. Those of the Artistic temperament "are quite likely to choose relationships which will further their work rather than relationships which are intrinsically rewarding, and their spouses may well find that marital relations take second place (Storr, 107)."

5. Great productivity. Persons of the Artistic type are highly disciplined, gifted with superior powers of concentration, and capable of producing great quantities of high quality work; they also enjoy frequent periods of recreation and inactivity.

6. Disinhibition. They are hedonistic and impulsive; "they live Epicurean lives in the here and now, and as gracefully as possible (Keirsey, 204)."

7. Keen perceptions. The Artistic temperament is especially attuned to color, line, texture, shading - touch, motion, seeing, and hearing in harmony. The senses of Artistic individuals seem more keenly tuned than those of others (Keirsey, 205).

8. Kindness (Keirsey, 205). Although those of the Artistic type may adopt an aggressive, tough exterior, they are remarkably gentle, kind, and generous.

9. Extroversion and introversion. The interpersonal conduct of those of the Artistic type alternates between the greatest extremes of sociability and social reticence.

10. Love of nature. In many individuals of the Artistic type there "may be found an instinctive longing for the natural, the pastoral, the bucolic. They are quite at home in the wilds, and nature seems to welcome them (Keirsey, 206)."

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Replies: 10 Comments

on Friday, April 13th, Patrick said

Man, I am most definitely NOT an artist then... Personally, I think most of these are stereotypes that non-artists *apply* to artists. But, like I said, that's probably because I am not an artist. :)

on Friday, April 13th, Stacy said

agreed, those are silly

on Friday, April 13th, Stacy said

especially #2

on Saturday, April 14th, willow said

I can relate to #1, but then again, maybe it's just PMS.

on Sunday, April 15th, berry connell said

Well, I didn't realize we could be
poked into a mold so easily....
I generally don't buy stereotypes
but this time, a fair amount were
right on the mark. Oh well.
Guess that makes me just
average, too, eh? I mean
that is the end analysis, isn't it?
If one can be generalized,
then that person is just
another average joe or jane.

I mean,
go to this

on Monday, April 16th, Kasia said

I am not an artist but I am some of them too. Interesting. :hehe:

on Monday, April 16th, Elise said

Hi Pat, I love the new photo galleries you have set up on cool! and for the record, you are too an artist!
And stacy, #2 is indeed quite silly...and yet...true!
Hi Willow...yes, I'm not sure they've done double blind studies controlling for PMS on that one!
and Hi Berry!...I'm with you...I relate to most of those attributes so I guess I'm just another average jane as well.
And Hi Kasia...maybe you don't have to be an actual artist to have an artistic temperament?

on Tuesday, April 17th, riva weinstein said

did you notice that it was a particular type of religious psychology? i wouldn't take it too seriously. seems like a pretty small box to me.

on Tuesday, April 17th, riva weinstein said

did you notice that it was a particular type of religious psychology? i wouldn't take it too seriously. seems like a pretty small box to me.

on Tuesday, April 17th, Elise said

Hi Riva!
No, I hadn't noticed just came up with I was surfing around and I thought it was interesting.