Does being in love and/or having sex influence one’s creativity and productivity? Popular culture tends to depict creative types as passionate lovers and sexy beings frequently jumping in the sack with someone. I dare say that most creative entrepreneurs trying to stay in tune with their muse and run a business at the same time will say time and energy for an active love life is limited. I’ve heard some remark that relationships can sap their ability to produce and others feel that love won and lost is the fuel for their creativity. No doubt a few find it difficult to turn work/creating thoughts off and simply BE with spouse or lover.
So what do love and sex have to do with creativity? I began to wonder if there were any studies on the topic (of course there had to be). Lo and behold I found this one:
The basic results of this particular examination of the connection between love, sex and creativity? When in love, people start thinking of the bigger picture. Love stirs up wishes and goals of attachment, which naturally flows into a long term perspective. Love triggers global processing in the brain. This is closely linked to creative thinking.
When thinking of sex people start processing cognitively the details and logistics of the here and now, the object of desire. Sex triggers local cognitive processing which is closely linked to analytical thinking.
I’m not sure if these results are true for me, or what this means for the average creative entrepreneur out there struggling to have a life and still succeed in creating art, music, literature and an income for themselves. But it does reinforce for me the idea that we are wired to be our best when we embrace everything that makes us human. Letting one passion flow into another makes them all thrive and blossom into one cohesive endeavor.
So go ahead. Fall in love again even though you’re afraid it might interfere with your ideas. Have sex even though you think you need to be working. The way I figure it, it just might boost your creativity and analytical entrepreneurial skills by keeping both sides of your brain engaged in the creative process. Being in relationship might not always contribute to your creative pursuits in the ways you expect–but it will always keep you in tune with and reflecting the stuff that makes us who we are. And isn’t that why you do what you do?