Relationships of personality to differential conceptions of creativity: A systematic review

Jeb S. Puryear, Todd Kettler, Anne N. Rinn

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While neither the notion of personality being related to creativity, nor the idea that the diverse conceptions and measures of creativity can cloud the field are new, the 2 thoughts are rarely combined. Using a systematic review methodology, 1 overarching question was examined: Do differential creativity-personality relationships exist based on different creativity conceptions or measurement schemes? In the review, 188 reported relationships of creativity to personality across 96 peer-reviewed, empirical studies were examined and coded for definitions and measurements of creativity. Results support standing beliefs regarding openness and extraversion as strong positive predictors. However, the amount of creativity variance explained differed as much as 8 times depending on the type of assessment. Production measures and self-reported measures were more related to personality than ideation and externally rated measures. The 4 elements of divergent thinking also demonstrated differential relationships to personality. The results of this analysis encourage subsequent research that is more discerning when interpreting the relationships between creativity and personality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Creative achievement
  • Creativity
  • Divergent thinking
  • Measuremen
  • Personality


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