“Each of them is a ‘multitude'”

(regarding creative people)  “If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an ‘individual,’ each of them is a ‘multitude.’” (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)  (from Suzanne) “Most of us assume Continue reading “Each of them is a ‘multitude’”

“The tall nail gets hammered down.”

From The Thin Pink Line (2009): “The Japanese phrase, ‘the tall nail gets hammered down,’ refers to the phenomenon by which entire organizations strive for medocrity to accommodate the majority of workers who are — well, I have to say it — average.  When you don’t behave ‘average’ you face negative consequences.” From Stanford (1993): “What you quickly come Continue reading “The tall nail gets hammered down.”