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Boost Your Creative Output By Understanding How Your Personality Works
By Dorothy Tan, 28 Jan 2016
Considering how people with different personalities handle various aspects of life differently, it makes sense that one’s personality would affect how one works and one’s creative output—this theory is supported by a 2014 study published in The Journal of Creative Behavior.
Canva Design School has recently broken down the findings of this study and published an article to share how you can boost your creative achievements by better understanding the work processes of your personality type.
Identify your personality type from three “super factors”: plasticity, divergence and convergence.
The three personality types identified by the study not only have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to creative work, but they also differ in the ways that they approach the creative process. While those leaning towards plasticity and divergence favor the “generation” process, where they come up with a lot of new ideas, the convergence group tend to use the “selection” method, where they try to perfect the few ideas they have.
Creative output is maximized when the generation and selection work processes are used together.
To achieve more creatively, you would have to work on the work process that you are weaker in, according to your personality type. For instance, if you have a plasticity personality that favors the generation work process, you would need to improve your skills associated with the selection work process. In other words, not only must you be able to churn out large quantity of ideas, you must also be able to narrow them down to the truly good ones and refine them further.
Improve selection by clocking the hours and asking for constructive criticism, and get better at generation by making more effort to look for and capture inspiration.
Read the entire article here for a clearer picture of how you can level up your creative game by playing to your personality type.
[via Canva Design School]
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