The creative process can feel a little like a roller coaster ride that moves not only up and down, but backward and forward as well. The peaks are exhilarating, the valleys self-defeating and that feeling of going backwards? Not very reassuring at all.
Ever wondered if there are things that distinguish creative personalities? So have psychologists. In Beautiful Minds, The Imagination Institute's Scott Barry Kaufman looks at how personality traits may tie into the creative process. (This article's graphics contain some language that might be considered offensive).
And, regardless of theoretical explanations, we creative types would definitely agree with Dr. Kaufman's thesis.
Creativity is messy.