When you consider planning, there are two kinds of extremes: outlining and discovery writing.
The outliners plan their stories and sit down to write them only when they know the plot of what they are going to write. The discovery writers just write; they start somewhere and then follow their intuition, letting themselves be surprised by what they will encounter.
Many discovery writers need that they do not know what they are going to write. If they have to rewrite something they have already written, they are often blocked by the boredom of already knowing what they are going to write. Apparently they need the often surprising exploration of the unknown to motivate them. Psychologists call this tendency "novelty seeking".
I am a discovery writer, and looking at my life, I get the impression that novelty seeking not only determines my writing style, but many other aspects of my life as well. For example, I need to switch jobs every three years or I will die from boredom. I also tend to fall out of love after a couple of years and find myself yearning for another partner – and I realize that it is not another partner that I want, but the phase of not knowing the other person and the outcome of the dating. My hobbies are explorative as well, I like hiking and literally exploring places, and I like to learn new things.
So I was wondering if that was just me, or if other writers observe the same thing: that, maybe, discovery writers are novelty seeking in their non-writing lives as well, while outliners are maybe more steady.
Does anyone have an insight into this that goes beyond the mere opinion that is disallowed on this site? Maybe you know so many writers privately that your observations approach objectivity. Or you have read something on the matter.