Seven creativity characteristics

In his study Martinsen identifies seven paramount personality traits that characterise creative people:

• 1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction.

• 2. Need for originality: Resists rules and conventions. Have a rebellious attitude due to a need to do things no one else does.

• 3. Motivation: Have a need to perform, goal-oriented, innovative attitude, stamina to tackle difficult issues.

• 4. Ambition: Have a need to be influential, attract attention and recognition.

• 5. Flexibility: Have the ability to see different aspects of issues and come up with optional solutions.

• 6. Low emotional stability: Have a tendency to experience negative emotions, greater fluctuations in moods and emotional state, failing self-confidence.

• 7. Low sociability: Have a tendency not to be very considerate, are obstinate and find faults and flaws in ideas and people.


Jessica Stillman



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