A study conducted by Professor Øyvind L. Martinsen, out of BI Norwegian Business School, has seven elements
of a "creative" personality.
The study posed 200 questions to 481 people. The study subjects fell into three categories:
- "Baseline" subjects, such as lecturers or managers
- Students of advertising
- Performing artists.
You might be creative if...
- You Have an Active Imagination
- You Have a Rebellious Spirit
- You’re Motivated to Succeed
- You’re Ambitious
- You’re Flexible - You See Challenges as Opportunities
- You Worry, A Lot
- You’re Hard to Get Along With
The study also found that work environment can have a "particularly strong influence on a person’s creative prowess."
I find this nugget particularly interesting because I have personally experienced this environmental difference. In February I wrote about how, "Work environment and company culture truly influence your performance, your personality at work, and your ability to push outside of your comfort zone."
Martinsen says that a typically non-creative person can become much more so when his or her surroundings encourage rule-bending and free thought.
Based on the seven elements, are you "creative?"
And have you experienced how culture influences your creativity?
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