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Creative Personality Profile in Social Sciences: The Leading Role of Autonomy

Christiane Kirsch
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Published Online: 2015-11-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ctra-2015-0020


The literature on creativity has often focused on the analysis of artists and scientists. The ability to generalize these findings to respective professional sub-disciplines is examined. In particular, the present study addresses the generalizability of the personality profile of creative scientists to creative social scientists. Autonomy was found to be the most important personality feature for creativity in social sciences. These results suggest the importance of fostering an autonomous working style.

Keywords: Creativity; Social sciences; Perseverance; Risk taking; Autonomy; Psychoticism; Ego-strength


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Received: 2014-12-18

Revised: 2015-05-29

Accepted: 2015-08-12

Published Online: 2015-11-26

Published in Print: 2015-11-01

Citation Information: Creativity. Theories – Research - Applications, ISSN (Online) 2354-0036, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ctra-2015-0020.

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