Monday, September 12, 2011

Fear of Creativity?

I ran across something interesting today, something I have touched on in previous posts. ICR reported:

In a report scheduled to be published in the journal Psychological Science, Cornell University psychologist Jack Goncalo and two colleagues showed the results of two studies that compared what participants openly said about their views on creativity with how they reacted to novel ideas. The first experiment confirmed that participants showed "an implicit bias against creativity." . . . Apparently, people tend to be governed by a deep-seated desire to maintain a sense of certainty. New ideas can trigger discomfort, since they introduce unfamiliar possibilities. . . Further, the feelings of uncertainty can arise from fear of failure, "perceptions of risk, social rejection when expressing the idea to others, and uncertainty about when their idea will reach completion." Study Says People Subconsciously Resist Creative Ideas

This article is not aimed toward writers yet we can certainly apply it to any creative activity. Interesting, eh?


  1. People like to keep the status quo, to not rock the boat. I get this. Writers have to make a conscious effort to overcome this bias toward creativity. Good article. Thanks!

  2. Yikes! Creativity is my thing straight up! Does that mean people are afraid of me too?!?!

  3. Jonathan, some do have to work hard to be their creative best. Thanks for stopping by!


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