"Change in all things is sweet."-- Aristotle
Don't be alarmed. I don't think it's contagious. At least I hope not. I've suffered from this personality characteristic all my life but never knew there was a name for it. This week I happened upon this interesting article from Psychology Today:
Neophiles/Neophiliacs have the following basic characteristics:
*The ability to adapt rapidly to extreme change
*A distaste or downright loathing of tradition, repetition, and routine
*A tendency to become bored quickly with old things
*A desire, bordering on obsession in some cases, to experience novelty
*A corresponding and related desire to create novelty by creating or achieving something and/or by stirring social or other forms of unrest.
This explains a lot. One of my biggest challenges is that I can't stand to live in one place for more than 3 years (I've been in my current location for 7, thus my extreme angst, see April 6th post.) I get bored with eating the same food, can't stand to watch a movie or read the same book twice, don't like to vacation in the same place. . . and the list goes on and on and on.
One of the most important needs that I MUST satisfy is the need to create. Writing novels fills that need.
What about you? Am I alone here or do some of you bear this characteristic to some degree? If so, how do you cope?