Sex and Creativity

Is there a connection? Study shows number of sexual partners corresponds to creative output.

by Idris Mootee

Link Between Creativity and SexCreative people are fun. Creative people are likeable. But many creative minds are unorganized and sometimes deficient in handling complex logic. Some creative minds are highly analytical too, although the processing was sort of in the back and you don’t see it.

Creative people are more social than others. Here’s a case in point. Psychologists at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Open University found that professional artists and poets have about twice as many sexual partners as other people. The study also shows that the average number of sexual partners increased as creative output went up. So the more creative you are, the more sexual partners you should have. You tell me if this true. Now I understand why so many people want to be a creative director.

More on creativity and sex drive. The desire to be creative or feel creative, whether expressed in music, industrial design, art, fashion or photography or film, coexists with the primal urge to commit the sex act, and other layers in between. It is like onions that we have many layers. What if your desire for sex is weak, does it mean you are less creative than others? If you buy the above argument, then this should the case. When sex is suppressed in some cultures, does this in effect force the libido up into “higher” forms, and thereby further enhance creativity? I don’t know.

I believe our creative motivations are often based on some of our most primal passions, such as joy, fear, anger, love and lust. In an article “Creative Juice – A Dozen Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers”, Suzanne Falter-Barns quotes Deepak Chopra:

“Creativity is ultimately sexual – I’m sorry – but it is!”

I am not a Chopra fan, but he may be right this time. Love and lust make us think differently in that they trigger global processing, which in turn promotes creative thinking. Love and lust are good for creativity.

Idris MooteeIdris Mootee is the CEO of idea couture, a strategic innovation and experience design firm. He is the author of four books, tens of published articles, and a frequent speaker at business conferences and executive retreats.

Idris Mootee




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  2. Peter Cook on September 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    At a personal level I can concur with these findings. I’m not sure that it works the other way round i.e. have a lot of sex and become creative.

    Peter Cook
    Author ‘Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll’

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