Are You Creative?

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There is no “Creativity Quotient” (C.Q.) test that measures how creative you are. But the same Scientific American research found that creative people often have similar character traits. Do any of these apply to you?

Ideational Fluency – Someone gives you a word. The more sentences, ideas, and associations you can match to that word, the more likely it is you’re a “creative type.”

Variety and Flexibility – Someone gives you an object, say a garden hose. How many different things can you do with it? The more you can think of, the better.

Original Problem Solving – Someone presents you with a puzzle or a problem. Beyond the conventional solution, how many other workable but uncommon solutions can you come up with?

Elaboration – How far can you carry an idea? That is, once you have it, can you build on it until you can actually finish the job?

Problem Sensitivity – When someone presents you with a problem, how many challenges related to that problem can you name and can you pick out the core issue?

Redefinition – Take a look at the same problem. Can you find a way to look at it in a completely different light?

By the way, if you want to see how someone brilliantly applies very left-brained ideas to finding right-brained solutions, check out “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.” Great book and already a classic.

Last modified: June 20, 2017

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