The point of creativity is that she is a personal characteristic of some people to see more possibilities than others.
An experts of psychology often measure creativity using divergent thinking tasks. These require you to generate as many uses as possible for mundane objects, such as a brick. Persons who can see various and diverse uses for a brick are rated as more creative than people who can only think of a few common uses.
Actually when the personality that appears to drive our creativity is called openness to experience, or openness. Openness predicts real-world creative achievements, as well as engagement in everyday creative pursuits.
Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire in their book explain the creativity of open people stems from a “drive for cognitive exploration of one’s inner and outer worlds”.
In one study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, the researches found that open people do not just bring a dissimilar perspective to things, they genuinely see things differently to the average individual.
The researches also wanted to test whether openness is linked to a phenomenon in visual perception called binocular rivalry. This happens when two dissimilar images are presented to each eye simultaneously, such as a red patch to the right eye and a green patch to the left eye.
The images seem to flip intermittently from one to the other, for the observer. But it is possible in one moment only the green patch to be perceived, and at the next moment only the red patch – each stimulus appearing to rival the other (see illustration below).
The open people saw the fused or scrambled images for longer periods than the average person.
Our findings suggest that the creative tendencies of open people extend all the way down to basic visual perception.
SEEING THINGS THAT OTHERS MISS
Another well-known phenomenon is called inattentional blindness.
In one examination, participants were asked to watch a short video of people tossing a basketball to one another, and to track the total number of passes between the players wearing white.
During the video, a person in a gorilla costume wanders into centre stage, indulges in a little chest-beating, and then schleps off again. Did you see it? If not, you are not alone.
But why did some people experience inattentional blindness in this study when others didn’t?.
Once again, it seems that more visual information breaks through into conscious perception for people high in openness — they see the things that others screen out.
OPEN OUR MINDS : IS MORE BETTER ?
There is mounting evidence that personality is malleable, and increases in openness have been observed in cognitive training interventions and studies of the effects of psilocybin (the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms).
But there is also a dark side to the “permeability of consciousness” that characterises open people. Openness has been linked to aspects of mental illness, such as proneness to hallucination.
So, from different personalities emerge different experiences, but we should always remember that one person’s view is not necessarily better than another’s.