Are creative people tough-minded, curious or kind?

Alyssa Milton*, Phillip Saab, Helen Wilson, Simon Boag

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    Abstract

    Hans Eysenck (1993) proposes that creativity correlates with the personality construct of Psychoticism (P) in populations with high intelligence. However, this theory has only, at best, received mixed support, and recently Reuter et al. (2005) found that a biologically-based construct (SEEK), related to curiosity and problem solving, was instead related to creativity rather the P. The present study explored the relationship between personality and creativity further by using a multifaceted assessment approach to creativity, which included a self-report creativity instrument, a convergent thinking measure, and figural and verbal divergent thinking measures, across a population of 75 'non-artistic' degree university students (Non-Art) and 26 College of Fine Arts students (Art). No evidence for Eysenck's (1993) psychoticism-creativity link was found when comparing the groups, whereas the SEEK construct correlated with self-reported creativity. Of particular interest were the findings for participants without English as their first language, where the SEEK construct positively correlated with both divergent thinking and self-reported creativity. Additionally, a personality construct related to 'caring' was unexpectedly the strongest correlate of creativity. Implications of these findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPersonality Down Under
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Australia
    EditorsSimon Boag
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherNova Science Publishers
    Pages283-292
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781604567946, 9781608763092
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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