Social specialization spawned new modes of dominant creativity.
Our eight modes of dominant creativity, like our four basic temperaments, evolved for a purpose. That purpose was to bind us together in cohesive, cooperative groups.
Where ancient humans moved into areas with more abundant resources, larger hunter-gatherer bands formed. This presented their members with new challenges: negotiating more complex social ties, and creating the more sophisticated tools and shelter needed by a larger band.
These new challenges gave rise to people with new modes of dominant creativity, most of them at intermediate levels of primary energy: Dancing, Singing, Painting, and Crafting. Why did these new modes evolve? That has to do with the Feminine and Masculine:
- The Feminine is about relationship, so women whose Feminine energy was more intense (Dancing, Singing, Painting) could help manage the more complex social relationships that exist in larger bands.
- The Masculine is about strength, so women whose Masculine energy is more intense (Fighting) could help protect the band from other bands’ incursions while some of its members were away on the hunt.
- Men with intermediate-level Masculine energy (Dancing, Singing) can fight and hunt, of course. Their extra value lay in socially-important pursuits, such as leading dancing to burn off excess energy, and creating music to keep others entertained. These men also lessened conflict within a band because they didn’t vie with its Fighting members for leadership.
- Men whose Masculine energy isn’t as intense (Painting, Crafting) were more patient and careful than other men. This helped them create the artifacts that distinguished larger bands: beautiful works of art, and technologically sophisticated tools and shelter.