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The Creative Personality
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* X2 q8 P# \8 T$ a+ a" W  V【1】我花了30年的时间研究富有创意的人是如何生活和工作的。
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/ w* p+ f0 W! gIf I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it's complexity.9 N) S/ Y0 ^& V% n& C( h
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They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an "individual", each of them is a "multitude"复合体.
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Here are some traits特征 that are often found in creative people.

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These traits *are integrated with组合 each other *in a dialectical manner以辩证的方式.

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1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest.
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他们可以注意力高度集中地工作很长时间,而始终神采奕奕、兴致勃勃。3 m5 F; a* H, }4 f, ]0 d
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这并不是说富有创意的人超级亢奋。2 F/ U9 X2 t; g1 R6 O
This does not mean that creative people are always active.
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) ]2 l7 o. a! z: g) x4 _" z: ?The important thing is that they know how to control their energy, which is not ruled by the calendar, the clock or an external schedule.
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有必要时,他们就能像激光一样专注;没必要时,富有创意的人就会立刻开始充电。7 \, o7 H4 M$ l( A
When necessary, they can focus it like a laser beam; when not, creative types immediately recharge their batteries. - w* M/ Z- t. r( [8 r- }3 R
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( c# ^. _% j0 x; M这不是得自遗传基因的生物节奏;而是为达到目标而通过反复尝试掌握的一种策略。
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2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.
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( ]9 V! f1 g/ p2 G- l. U0 G换句话说,这个矛盾体就是智慧和幼稚这两个极端。/ K' V+ ]2 ?1 l8 R- K& u
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Earlier studies on superior mental abilities show that children with very high IQs do well in life, but after a certain point, IQ does not seem to be correlated any longer with superior performance in real life.
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后来的研究也说明,智商太低的人要做富有创意的工作可能比较困难,但拥有120以上的智商未必就更有创造力。- A8 }2 Q, u$ a7 h
Later studies suggest that it might be difficult to do creative work with a lower IQ, but an IQ beyond 120 does not necessarily imply higher creativity.
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Furthermore, creative people seem able to use well two opposite ways of thinking: the convergent and the divergent.
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0 O: B; e+ h5 B: g9 g+ ^求异思维能产生另类的解决之道。
9 t4 i' b# Z4 m+ v# d7 tDivergent thinking leads to no agreed-upon solution.
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" B# n) p: c' [5 V. DIt involves the ability to generate a great quantity of ideas; flexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspective to another; and originality in picking unusual associations of ideas. ! H# [: w& P7 A- \. _( @

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( G& N3 n5 H0 m但求异思维本身是没有多大用处的,除非有能力判断一个想法是好是坏,要做到这一点,我们必须依赖于趋同思维。  U* a6 Z' x% y4 `0 J
Yet divergent thinking is not much use without the ability to tell a good idea from a bad one, and for this, we must rely on convergent thinking.
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: Y! z' J. ^* G$ ?* sGreat art and great science involve a leap of imagination into a world that is different from the present.
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% q( b7 r4 `' @+ Y/ j3 i事实上,艺术与科学的核心所在,便是超越我们目前所认识的现实而创造出一个新的现实。
: B+ p' R% f' I; JIn fact, the whole point of art and science is to go beyond what we now consider real and create a new reality.
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4. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. 5 H- @' t# u0 ^" b+ q2 D
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, i; C! Y/ E3 ?% F我们一般都二者居其一,要么偏爱呆在人群之中,要么独坐一旁,冷眼看戏。
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, o0 a. }% l, G, A2 y6 zThese individuals stand "on the shoulders of giants".
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, m; W4 s; k4 X# m( b# C& ^Their respect for the area in which they work makes them aware of the long line of previous contributions to it. " y! L# f7 P. D

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他们通常如此专注于未来的工程和当前的挑战,过往的成就,不论多么出色,都无法再引起他们太多的兴趣。# C* H, `( P' r) O# p/ G
And they're usually so focused on future projects and current challenges that past accomplishments, no matter how outstanding, are no longer very interesting to them.
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6. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.
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一味传统,会令一个领域殊无变化,而时时冒险、罔顾传统亦鲜有创新。( o( T& `9 W4 [2 j
Being only traditional leaves an area unchanged; constantly taking chances without regard to tradition rarely leads to novelty.
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The economist George Stigler is very emphatic in this regard, "I'd say one of the most common failures of able people is a lack of nerve.
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They just play safe games.
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7. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.
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Without the passion, we soon lose interest in a difficult task.
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, a( k* d4 z) n# Z; B- [但如果不够客观,我们的工作就难以出色,缺乏可信度。
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8. Creative people's openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment. " o/ A2 {% A6 G6 D$ s. N) l
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发明家们对痛苦的容忍度很低。, b5 c$ u* _- P3 L$ }7 ?0 q
Inventors have a low threshold of pain.
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4 `% l- q3 f7 e8 `9 ]# w6 M; v身边的事物会让他们看不顺眼。
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A badly designed machine causes pain to an inventive engineer, just as the creative writer is hurt when reading bad prose.
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Without this trait, poets would give up striving for perfection and would write commercial jingles; economists would work for banks where they would earn at least twice as much as they do at universities; and physicists would stop doing basic research and join industrial laboratories where the conditions are better and the expectations more predictable. End
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The Creative Personality

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. Y5 B) Z6 [6 S2 B(=Creative people have the extraordinary ability to concentrate their energy on their jobs if necessary; however, when such concentration is unnecessary, they will stop working and relax, refreshing themselves for future tasks.)
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8. (Para. 13) Eminence invites criticism and often vicious attacks.
7 `$ V! L* v8 v& o6 ?1. What
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(=It means “encourage something bad to happen, especially without intending to”.)5 u) @( e7 S; k( ]
2. Translate the sentence into Chinese.0 [: m0 C$ \) D/ ?
(=卓越会招致批评,甚至往往是恶毒攻击。)0 y; H/ r0 s; a! w% g# ^
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(Para. 1) devote: v. use all or most of your time, effort, etc. in
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He devoted his energies to writing films. (插图devote)
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She devoted herself to her business.

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I had never seen such a multitude of stars before.

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3 \6 R" F. m: S& m5 x3 |4 AThere is a multitude of possible interpretations.

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6 j4 F6 V# f) t: h8 {$ \1 b(=These systems are capable of performing a multitude of different tasks.)
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3. (Para. 2) integrate: v. if two or more things integrate, or if you integrate them, they combine or work together in a way that makes sth. more effective $ Q8 a7 u. C4 y# Z( E! j+ F7 M4 o

& e) e3 s% V# U$ {7 ?7 `Colorful illustrations are integrated into the text.
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Many schools are now integrating computer science into the curriculum.
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4. (Para. 3) external: adj. relating to the outside of sth. or of a person’s body; relating to your environment or situation, rather than to your own qualities, ideas, etc." Z6 B" v/ [+ o7 T& V
They did it in response to external pressures.( l6 A, J6 S/ L( Y' m; i8 ]
This medicine is for external use only. (插图external)& d- d8 d! F+ g
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3 b) V3 ~' n0 n* R; I. w9 G(=External causes become operative through internal causes.)

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(Para. 3) recharge one’s batteries: (informal) rest or relax in order to get back your energy
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The new drug is undergoing clinical trials.
9 C2 _2 }1 J: l$ m' q4 |$ C  CThe security system will be reviewed after a three-month trial period.
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1. I learned most of what I know about gardening through trial and error.
  q5 s! I: K9 R4 ^( b! s2. My brothers and I were always a real trial to my parents.
, s4 g4 b( D' c2 z3. They let me have the computer on trial for thirty days. 0 \. _# g! z) V2 {
4. The idea of trial marriage is nothing new.
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something or someone that is difficult to deal with, and that is worrying or annoying
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( z0 |5 i; k! o& y3 E( F4 I9 jc. when two people live together without being married, to see if they will be suitable partners8 Q1 v5 g3 U& w% v
d. a short period during which you use or do something to find out whether they are satisfactory for a particular purpose: P) N. v$ J+ [& _4 {: s( C
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7. (Para. 4) (go) hand in hand: if two things go hand in hand, they are closely connected;
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Wealth and power go hand in hand in most societies.
! Q) A  {; i7 \1 K' {3 vThey say that genius often goes hand in hand with madness. (插图hand in hand)9 I: W% R" W+ M5 J1 R& T
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The article gives us a real insight into the causes of the present economic crisis.
7 K# ~/ e% m) ?2 j' n* P" i8 @The research provides new insights into the way we process language. 4 F/ w" u) T- ~7 s6 w6 a, r
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3 G' b8 n: K  ?7 P* i(=His speech gave us an insight into the problems of education.)
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1 o+ S$ H5 J' K$ qSmoking and lung cancer are closely correlated.2 x6 G: x+ w4 y
Poverty and poor housing correlate with a shorter life expectancy.
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10. (Para. 5) superior: adj.
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+ X8 B8 L. G! K5 H) `" s+ Z2) better, more powerful, more effective, etc. than a similar person or thing, especially one that you are competing against
1 I1 [$ Q9 @9 |" G% j" B# V这家西餐馆比我们上星期去的那一家好。  X  N, y; [2 F, e) D6 m/ q
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: {- z7 @* I4 a" n6 v11. (Para. 7) alternate: v. if two things alternate, or if you alternate them, they happen one after the other in a repeated pattern
) C6 U+ H+ x3 jWork alternated with sleep. (插图alternate)
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, O( n" g  F# e& g% p12. (Para. 8) distinguish: v. recognize and understand the difference between two or more things or people; v' t' n. u0 h2 y( o1 j7 G
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3 Q: @' t$ R& }0 y7 v- wSmall children can’t distinguish between right and wrong.
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你能区分出正在演奏的各种不同的乐器吗?8 M: |9 P+ u# a
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# `; P' W* e  V7 T" k3 pdiscriminate语气强,指从非常相似的事物中辨出差异,尤其强调把好坏区分开来。
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! y9 ]: c1 i, K) yFill in the blanks with the two words above. Change the form where necessary.
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- I" \. W3 l7 |' e5 g13. (Para. 10) regard: n. (formal) attention or consideration that is shown towards sb. or sth.
9 N& P! T: x! b* N- K8 mShe has no regard for other people’s feelings. 1 G+ f, L& c1 c
The present administration has demonstrated little regard for environmental issues. (插图regard)- s; [" }" O. p/ x+ w* u
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14. (Para. 10) nerve: n. courage and confidence in a dangerous, difficult, or frightening situation
7 ]7 K, X% l* ~It must have taken a lot of nerve to risk so much money on one product. $ N3 h4 u+ \; y5 Z7 k+ {+ y4 w& h
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0 s- q- a1 ~/ V: \9 yhave the nerve to do sth.5 Y" B7 r* N+ ^  |1 R2 s3 N

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% S' a' r! @1 b$ b; n" u这些名词都可表示“勇气、胆量”之意。6 g3 V5 F9 C/ m( c
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We must encourage innovation if the company is to remain competitive./ c6 f; l+ v: D$ P5 a" y2 |. U1 l' h
The innovation of air travel during this century has made the world seem smaller. (插图innovation)2 Q! w' `$ m% f3 @
, j8 P) X! G0 P; F& M( F/ @3 P5 ](=Many people feel bewildered by the speed of technological innovation.)
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16. (Para. 11) credibility: n. the quality of deserving to be believed and trusted3 r$ m9 ~0 z! o0 i: u& i$ A9 @
There are serious questions about the credibility of these reports.
2 I* ~5 X5 ]+ r' o" UThe predictions of economic recovery have lost all credibility.0 N% D0 _2 V- X6 Y8 D8 @3 W
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. w, O5 H) L' _17. (Para. 12) expose: v. put sb. in a situation where they are not protected from something dangerous or unpleasant
5 T' ~# z8 y2 I% w6 ]4 m& CThe report revealed that workers had been exposed to high levels of radiation.
$ I/ H7 h# ~9 C, n+ TAs a nurse in the war she was exposed to many dangers. 7 G+ U" F+ ]6 ]; \: j
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5 V0 K$ C. ~8 X$ b3 w% aShe has a very low threshold of pain.
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19. (Para. 13) be at / in / to the forefront (of sth.): be in a leading position in an important activity that is trying to achieve sth. or develop new ideas, ~& w8 w7 k: P  d3 R( y8 D
The company has always been at the forefront of science and technology. % J, F6 q. ]: ~, W
Prison conditions have been pushed to the forefront of public debate.
( W  ^. E, H8 H- E, m2 J0 ZShe has been at the forefront of the struggle for women’s rights.
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20. (Para. 13) vicious: adj.! a# N3 ?6 `2 s
very unkind in a way that is intended to hurt sb.’s feelings or make their character seem bad

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8 f6 V" W# ~$ D5 W% S1 B21. (Para. 13) devastating: adj. badly damaging or destroying sth.
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) h6 f8 B( ]) F* G) AAcid rain has a devastating effect on the forest.

8 |0 j9 _3 j( V) p1 Q/ W# ~The oil spill had devastating consequences for wildlife. (插图devastating 2)% S0 j& F+ c2 I3 B. {6 U
(声音文件devastating )
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2 k# |9 s$ v  ]22. (Para. 15) expertise: n. special skills or knowledge in a particular subject that you learn by experience or training. U( ?+ K" v! N
What he brings to the company is financial expertise.
% f' ?) @4 _2 e. X' m5 s# ^His business expertise will be of great help to us.# B) j% T% j' K- s/ H& X
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23. (Para. 15) for the sake of sb. / sth., for sb.’s / sth.’s sake: in order to help, improve, or please sb. or sth.
' l# U( j/ ~& S* ?7 z0 fHe moved to the seaside for the sake of his health. (插图for the sake of)0 q0 o, I  K0 ^2 T
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24. (Para. 15) strive: v. make a great effort to achieve sth.
2 j6 ?2 F/ S& `& k/ bWe must continue to strive for greater efficiency.
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try普通用词,可与attempt换用,但强调努力或尝试,后跟不定式表示努力或争取;后跟动名词表示尝试。例如:# [7 ]: u6 T/ l# H7 j
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