Our creative ideas are viewed as a window into our true selves

first_imgShare on Twitter “Then the agent shared a candle scent idea that was so inappropriate that it stopped the conversation completely. That got me thinking — are the ideas we share revealing of our true selves? Does being creative feel personally self-disclosing? So, my coauthor, Josh Katz and I turned that experience into the series of laboratory experiments.”The research consisted of five separate experiments.In three experiments with 600 participants in total, the researchers found that people who were asked to generate creative ideas — compared to typical or conventional ideas — were more likely to believe those ideas revealed something about themselves.Their fourth experiment, which included another 399 participants, indicated that focusing on one particular category of creative ideas tended to produce greater feelings of self-disclosure. In particular, people asked to brainstorm new scents for candles believed their ideas revealed more about themselves when asked to generate only new fruit scents compared to any type of scent.“This result seems consistent with a growing stream of research suggesting that creativity not only demands cognitive flexibility but also focused persistence,” the researchers wrote in their study.In the fifth and final experiment, 326 participants generated ideas and then shared them with one another. The researchers found that participants believed they disclosed more about their personality after sharing creative ideas compared to conventional ideas. The participants also felt that their partner revealed more personal information when sharing creative ideas.“The instruction to be creative is very common in organizations but it is not benign. In the process of being creative, you rely on your own idiosyncratic point of view and unique preferences, thus making the ideas you share revealing of your true self,” Goncalo told PsyPost.“More importantly, other people listen to your ideas and make judgments about you. We found that when people heard another individual’s creative ideas, they became more confident that their judgments about their personality were accurate. People are not just judging your ideas, they are making personal judgments about you based on your ideas.”The findings could have some important implications for personal relationships. But, currently, the relationship between creativity and social bonding is unclear.“We found that people use creative ideas to judge another person’s personality but we found no effect on how much they liked the person. It remains an open question as to whether hearing a person’s creative ideas can pave the way for either rejection or bonding,” Goncalo explained.“For instance, one person shared creative candle scents ideas like ‘Zombie Apocalypse’, ‘Spoiled Milk in a Hot Car’, ‘Dog Farts’ and ‘Guilt, Guile and Gore.’ You probably formed an image of this person based on these ideas. But whether you like this person or not will probably depend on whether your preferences match.”“My lab is doing more and more work on the consequences of creativity so I hope to have more findings to share in the near future,” Goncalo added.The study, “Your Soul Spills Out: The Creative Act Feels Self-Disclosing“, was authored by Jack A Goncalo and Joshua H Katz. Share Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest LinkedIn Creative ideas are perceived to be revealing of the self, according to research published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The findings provide new insights into the psychological and interpersonal consequences of creativity.“Most research on creativity has assumed that creativity is almost inherently positive and so most of the focus has been on how to boost creative output. More recently, I have become interested in the consequences of expressing creative ideas,” said study author Jack A. Goncalo, a professor and the Robert and Helen P. Seass Faculty Fellow at the Gies College of Business.“The link to self-disclosure came about through a conversation I had with a real estate agent who was showing my family homes and we remarked on the variety of different candle scents that we had smelled throughout the day. This conversation turned into an impromptu brainstorming session — everyone started sharing various ideas for candle scents (e.g. Vanilla, Freshly Baked Cookies, Orange Grove).”last_img read more

Taking a view on gay marriage

first_img David Hadfield, Forest Row, East Sussex I confess to having been taken aback that a committee of the Law Society has responded to the government’s consultation on ‘gay marriage’ at all, but the more so because its response is prefaced by a reference to the Society representing solicitors in England and Wales, thus giving the impression that this response is made on behalf of all solicitors. Leaving aside the issue of whether this is a matter that should concern committee members in anything other than their private capacities, how can it be proper to head the response in this way? Neither I nor any other solicitor I have spoken to has been asked for an opinion on what is both a legal and (whether the committee likes it or not) a theological issue.last_img read more

Missing Colorado rafter was searching for treasure, friends and family say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(FREMONT COUNTY, Colo.) — Friends and family members of a Colorado man who went missing last month while rafting in the Arkansas River say he was searching for a treasure allegedly hidden by New Mexico author and antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn.Eric Ashby, 31, had been rafting with three friends on June 28 when their raft flipped. While the three friends were able to make it out of the water safely, they told authorities they saw Ashby being swept away by the currents, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado said in a statement.The Sheriff’s Department announced Friday that a body had been found in the Arkansas River. The department’s Sgt. Megan Richards told ABC News that officers are still working to identify the remains and probably won’t know for about a week if they are Ashby’s.The news comes a little over a month after New Mexico Police recovered the body of Colorado pastor Paris Wallace, who went missing after telling his family members that he was searching for the gold and gems allegedly hidden by Fenn, and a year after authorities found the remains of Randy Bilyeu, who also went missing while searching for Fenn’s treasure.Fenn claims he hid a treasure — estimated to be worth $2 million — somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and included a poem with clues as to where to find the treasure in his self-published 2011 memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase.” Part of the poem reads, “Begin it where warm waters halt / and take it in the canyon down / not far, but too far to walk / put in below the home of Brown.”Lisa Albritton, Ashby’s sister, described her brother in a statement to ABC News as an “outdoorsman” and “a real adventurer.” She said that he loved to solve riddles, “so when he heard about Forrest Fenn’s treasure, of course, he was intrigued.”Albritton said her brother went to Colorado in April 2016 to search for the treasure. She said that now her parents are waiting on authorities to “identify the body that was discovered nearly a month after Eric went into the Arkansas River in Fremont County, Colorado,” and that her family is hoping for “closure in these difficult times.”Dave Gambrell, one of Ashby’s friends, told ABC News that Ashby “fully believed that he knew exactly where Forest Fenn’s treasure was. He had me convinced, even peaked my curiosity.”Gambrell said he thinks Fenn should put an end to the treasure hunt that has already claimed the lives of two others.“If I were to meet Forrest Fenn,” Gambrell said, “I would say, ‘What are you doing? Why are you setting people up for failure?’”Fenn told ABC News in a statement that the treasure was not hidden in a dangerous place.“It is terrible that Mr. Ashby is lost, but it is not likely that he was looking for the treasure. I have said many times that I was about 80 when I made two trips in one afternoon from my car to hide it. There was no reason for him to enter class 5 rapids in a small boat,” Fenn added. “My heart and prayers go out to his sister and other members of his family.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more