We’ve always joked that our most argumentative and difficult child is just artistic. Now a new study by a Norwegian business professor is putting some fact behind our theory. A recent article in the Creativity Research Journal outlined a study to develop a personality profile for creative people.
They found that creative people from a range of industries tend to share seven main personality traits. So when my son fights even my tiniest suggestions and stubbornly refuses things “on principle” he really may just be showing off his creative side.
So which personality traits do creative people (and creative kids) have?
1. Associative Orientation: They are imaginative, playful, full of ideas, can transition between fact and fiction and are committed.
2. Need for Originality: Resist rules and conventions. The little rebel.
3. Motivated: Goal-oriented and love to tackle difficult issues.
4. Ambitious: Need to attract attention to themselves and want to be recognized.
5. Flexible: The ability to see different aspects and come up with various options.
6. Low Emotional Stability: A tendency to experience negative emotions, mood fluctuations and often have low self confidence.
7. Low sociability: Tend not to be overly considerate and often find faults and flaws in other people’s ideas.
Of the seven characteristics, number one and five tend to be the most dominant in determining creative personalities.