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7 Personality Characteristics of Creatives

Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 01/10/2016 | Author: April Koenig

7 Personality Characteristics of Creatives

Those who are artistically inclined can be described as thinking differently than most. They might observe something in a way that lets out a flow of word or design, processing that creativity in a productive way. This is a marketable trait, to be sure. COC is full of profiled artists with just these characteristics, ready to be deployed to the right clients. However, let’s delve a little deeper into the most common traits of creatives, and how they might help (or hinder) production.

Recent research conducted at BI Norwegian Business School by Professor Eyvind L. Martinson finds that there are seven common personality characteristics that stand out when studying highly creative subjects. They are:

Associative Orientation – a wealth of imagination and ideas, playful, transitioning between fact and fiction.

Need For Originality – doesn’t conform easily, resists rules and conventions, rebellious due to a need to not follow along.

Motivation – goal oriented, energy to tackle issues, innovative attitude.

Ambition – needs to attract attention and recognition, wants to be influential.

Flexibility – the ability to see different parts of an issue and come up with solutions.

Low Emotional Stability – a tendency to experience negative emotions, mood and emotion fluctuations, can lack self-confidence at times.

Low Sociability – can tend to be inconsiderate, easily find faults and flaws in other people and ideas.

As you can see, not all of the listed traits are appealing. While motivation, flexibility and a wealth of ideas are positive characteristics that anyone would envy, a lack of emotional stability isn’t exactly glowing praise. Martinson himself acknowledges the dichotomy, saying “creative people are not always equally practical and performance oriented”.

The trick is to find a balance within yourself whenever possible as a creative. Walk the tightrope of traits, trying to minimize the negative (or at least be cognizant of it), while emphasizing those sparks that give creatives a good name. Martinson warns that some may “weigh the requirements for the ability to cooperate against the need for creativity”. In other words, don’t ‘creatively’ be too much of a pain in the neck, you might find yourself losing clients.

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