Homeostasis

Day 139 Week 20 Q2 Thursday, May 16, 2024

What does homeostasis have to do with creative outliers? Well, as has been mentioned in the past people who are abnormally creative, have a tendency to not follow what society wants them to do. This is a good time to define the word homeostasis.

Homeostasis is the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

Once our body has evolved, a steady heart rate, and a steady rate of breathing intense to want to hold onto this, to help keep us alive.

Societies have learned that having most of their members be willing to take orders and not ask questions is a good survival strategy, at least in the short term. This is why parents and managers, and heads of institutions,  companies and countries all are resistant to change.

Homeostasis, the body’s tendency to maintain internal stability, can pose challenges for creative outliers by resisting change in several ways:

1. **Comfort Zone Maintenance**: Homeostasis encourages individuals to stick to familiar routines and behaviors. For creative outliers, this means they might struggle against an internal pull towards stability and predictability, making it harder to pursue innovative and unconventional paths.

2. **Stress Response**: Creative endeavors often involve uncertainty and risk, which can trigger stress responses. Homeostasis drives the body to reduce stress and return to a stable state, potentially discouraging the sustained effort and resilience needed for long-term creative projects.

3. **Energy Conservation**: The body aims to conserve energy and avoid unnecessary expenditure. Creative pursuits, especially those requiring intense focus and dedication, can be energy-draining. Homeostasis might push the individual to conserve energy rather than expend it on what the body perceives as non-essential activities.

4. **Social and Environmental Pressure**: Homeostasis isn’t just about physical balance but also social equilibrium. Creative outliers might face societal pressure to conform, which can be a form of homeostatic resistance. The need for social acceptance and the fear of negative feedback can make it difficult for them to persist in their unique endeavors.

5. **Mental Resilience**: Maintaining mental homeostasis involves avoiding cognitive dissonance and sticking to existing beliefs and patterns of thought. Creative work often requires breaking free from conventional thinking, which can create internal conflict and resistance.

Despite these challenges, creative outliers often find ways to harness their drive and passion, pushing through the discomfort and resistance homeostasis imposes, driven by the enormous fulfillment they derive from their creative pursuits.