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To think people who are really creative don't go around telling you so

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jusfloatingby Fri 23-Nov-12 11:51:46

There's a woman at work who's always talking about how 'creative' she is and how she's such a 'creative thinker' and not 'a typical office type'. But at the same time there's no actual evidence of this creativity. I mean, she doesn't paint in her free time, or write novels, or wear really unusual clothes or live in an old converted house or somesuch. Even in work she doesn't come up with particularly original ideas etc. I've noticed this on The Apprentice as well. They're all falling over each other to tell everyone how creative they are while displaying no supporting evidence of this.
Has it just become fashionable to be a creative type nowadays?
I do have a couple of friends who are genuinely artistic but they just get on with it; they don't feel the need to go around telling everyone.
I'm not ranting or anything; she doesn't really put in or out on me. But I'm just curious as to why creative has become such a buzz word lately.

cheekybaubles Fri 23-Nov-12 16:24:31

You are not accountants are you op? grin

NotMostPeople Fri 23-Nov-12 16:31:34

We are a creative household and there are times when I might say it but it's occasional and often to do with the dc's. Ie. we like X school because they have great art facilities and we're a creative family. I can here how wanky it sounds so I rarely say it.

I think in general that if you have to point out an attribute then you don't have it. My mother is always telling me that my step father is very intelligent, surely this should be obvious (and it's not).

NotMostPeople Fri 23-Nov-12 16:32:01

arghhh 'hear' not 'here'.

jusfloatingby Fri 23-Nov-12 16:36:09

No Cheeky. No accountants here.

cheekybaubles Fri 23-Nov-12 16:48:32

Was just thinking could do with a creativeaccountant grin

jusfloatingby Fri 23-Nov-12 16:52:23

Is that an accountant who wears indian smocks and burns joss sticks??

cheekybaubles Fri 23-Nov-12 16:55:37


thebody Fri 23-Nov-12 16:59:08

Because she thinks it makes her sound interesting and beautiful.

She sounds a boring pain in the arse.

I am not creative at all which is shite as my dh and all the kids are but then I am boringly practical,. While they decorate the Christmas tree I Hoover the fuckin pine needles!!

UrbanSpaceManBaby Fri 23-Nov-12 18:04:15

I was once introduced on a hen night as 'the wacky one' awful, I do interesting stuff and I'm socially skilled enough to generally pull something interesting out of the company I find myself in. But I'm not a clown for hire and it was like pulling teeth that night.

My mil identifies herself as creative but really it's just painting-by-numbers.

TheDuchessOfEarl Fri 23-Nov-12 18:05:42

The thing with the couple in Kirstie's (Tedious) Vintage Home is that the wife was previously an art teacher. How can someone with an arts background have so little creativity that they can't stick a few things on a dresser?

Creativity is something that other people recognise in you, not something that you can announce you have (well IMO anyway)

The most boringly predictable and conventional woman of my aquaintance tells me at least twice every time we meet..."I'm a bit of a rebel, me"

MadameCreeper Fri 23-Nov-12 20:41:22

An ex manager of mine was always thinking outside the box and every team meeting he would encourage us to think outside the box.

WelshMaenad Fri 23-Nov-12 20:46:04

Last time someone asked me to think outside the box at work, I asked if I could go and think outside with a fag instead, as I might be more productive. I fucking hate corporate wank speak. An ex boss once described me as "his little blue sky thinker". I'm fucking 6ft tall, for starters. Arsewipe.

Janeatthebarre Mon 26-Nov-12 12:00:22

I have a sister in law who spends her life enrolling in creative writing classes, art courses, pottery lessons and anything else that's vaguely arty. Unfortunately, though, she's not the least bit creative but seems to really admire creative people and aspire to be like them. The sad thing is that she's actually very good at practical things like sorting out computer problems, putting together complicated flat pack furniture, understanding the instructions that come with new TVs and household gadgets, but instead of developing those skills into a satistying job or hobby she's determined to pursue things that she has no innate talent or flair for, then gets bored and moves on to the next artistic pastime.
However, if she's happy I suppose its none of my business. But I agree with posters on here that people who like to tell you they're creative are usually people who would like to be creative but are aware deep down that they're probably not.

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