Saturday, 3 August 2013

High Psychoticism/ creatives attitude to the church (and other institutions)


Yesterday I posted about the church attitude to creatives - what of the opposite?

Again there are no rules - but the problem can be clarified.


The main problem of the creative with high Psychoticism is probably ego - the ego of the creative is naturally and necessarily strong.

The strong ego can be undermined or crushed, but at a heavy cost - the cost of destroying creativity. So this is not the right path.


The principle is: creativity (potentially) good, therefore strong ego (potentially) good.

BUT a strong ego does not - not at all! - imply entitlement to status, power, influence - and in the context of the difficulties presented by a high Psychoticism personality, then the attitude of the creative ought to be one of seeking a niche in an institution, a niche where he is tolerated and able to do his work.

(Rather than attempting to transform the institution to optimize his own peculiar nature and needs, or attempting to harvest special rewards or a privileged position.)


To summarize the summary: the attitude of a creative is to find a church he can respect: therefore a strong church, 'orthodox', traditional, conservative etc; yet church which also tolerates him specifically - tolerates to the extent of not trying to mould him into a different, and not-creative, semi-person.

Such tolerance will usually be ad hoc and unsystematic and by a specific church leader - tolerance in practice rather than according to theory.

And the creative needs to accept that this is all he can reasonably expect - to be allowed a niche and to be shielded from the normal consequences of his personality - because if the tolerance extended to difficult cases such as himself was made a matter of regulation and routine, then the church (or any other institution) would collapse.


To summarize the summary: one common problem of a strong ego is the sense of entitlement, which leads to resentment; therefore the antidote to excessive ego is gratitude, and gratitude leads to loyalty - which is what the church requires of its creatives.

In a nutshell: creatives who are in an institutional situation where they are being allowed to be creative should count their blessings!