Scott Barry Kaufman reports research findings that show that high IQ is associated with “a drive for conscious exploration of inner mental experience.”

Are highly intelligent people specially suited to psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies?

What do research studies show about the needs of creative individuals? Kaufman writes that behavioral and brain studies suggest that creative people are characterized by a lack of inhibition (Eysenck, 1995; Martindale, 1999), and case studies repeatedly show that creative people describe the creative process as effortless and lacking in deliberation (Csikzentmihalyi, 1996). Coercing a patient to talk about certain issues – forcing the patient to deliberate on certain aspects of his mental contents – is antithetical to the way the brains of creative people work.

Kaufman is Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.