Beth and I are working through an interesting little book by Julia Cameron called The Artist's Way. It's a workshop sort of book for people wanting to recover their creativity. As a want-to-be-artist I thought it would a good process to work through. She takes you to some interesting places along the way. Today she focused on a type of person that can rob you of your creative side. She calls the Crazymakers
She describes them this way. They are those personalities that create storm centers. They are often charismatic, frequently charming, highly inventive and powerfully persuasive. Crazymakers are the kind of people who can take over your whole life. To fixer-uppers, they are irresistible; so much to change, so many distractions...
Crazymakers like drama. If they can swing it, they are the star. Everyone around them functions as supporting cast, picking up their cues, their entrances and exits, from the crazymaker's whims.
Here's her list of descriptions:
Crazymakers break deals and destroy schedules
Crazymakers expect special treatment
Crazymakers discount your reality
Crazymakers spend your time and money
Crazymakers triangulate those they deal with
Crazymakers are expert blamers
Crazymakers create dramas - but seldom where they belong
Crazymakers hate schedules - except their own
Crazymakers hate order
Crazymakers deny that they are crazymakers
Of course I have to admit that we're all Crazymakers at times. But it did make me think about a few of the people I've known and know who as I step back fit the description.