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The Mind of the Artist: Personality and the Drive to Create

William Todd Schultz


Because artists make something out of nothing, the process can seem like magic, divinely inspired and inexplicable. It’s not. A single, potent factor lies at the heart of most everything creative: the mysterious, multifaceted trait of “openness.” This book describes the role of the openness dimension in the typical artist mind: how it loosens thinking, how it widens feelings, how it motivates behavior, and how it foments a useful inner chaos encouraging artistic invention. For creatives, openness is a unifying glue. It binds together states and processes at the core of the art-making impulse. ... More

Keywords: art, openness, creativity, personality, Big Five, creative process, artist personality, art and madness, traits

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780197611098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197611098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Todd Schultz, author
Professor of Psychology, Pacific University