- The various facets of openness best predicted creative achievement.
- There appears to be some truth to the stereotype that creative people are more messy. However, they often do appear to be conscientious in other ways.
- The creative people in this sample were more neurotic on average, but not enough to settle the debate over whether depression can fuel creativity.
- Interestingly, it wasn’t the creativity facet that had the strongest correlation, it was imagination.
Creativity asks where you agree with statements such as:
- “I like to solve complex problems.”
- “I ask questions no one else does.”
- “I know the answers to many questions.”
While imagination includes statements such as:
- “I have a vivid imagination.”
- “I need a creative outlet.”
- “I believe in the importance of art.”
So it kind of makes sense why imagination was a better predictor. Perhaps these traits need better names — I’d suggest “ingenuity” rather than “creativity”, and “creativity” rather than “imagination”.