CREATIVE CLIMATE; TO WHOM DOES IT FIT BEST AND WHO MIGHT FEEL TO BE THREATENED BY IT
This is a synthesis of research data on three essential sources of a person's perception of creative climate, viz., original thinking, personality traits and social skills. Our sample comprised 227 adolescents in whom all the three components were compared in extreme groups of high (n = 32) and low originality (n = 37). The methods employed included: The Torrance Figural Test of Creative Thinking - TTCT, Riggio's Social Skills Inventory - SSI, Cattell's 16PF - Fifth Edition, The Creative Climate Questionnaire - CCQ (Isaksen, Kaufmann). Our findings permit a deeper insight into the interaction personality-environment as follows: 1) original thinking is an effective mediator for perceiving the characteristics of creative climate. 2) A key role is here played by its bonds with prosocial traits that are the components of extroversion, independence and receptivity. The most conspicuous source of social skills in relation to creative climate is empathy. A mutual interplay between high originality, prosocial traits and empathy permits not only to positively reflect, but also to generate a climate that stimulates creativity and promotes it - where precisely subjects with these particular traits can draw most profit from it. On the other hand, climate dimensions need not suit introverts and those with lower social skills and originality, with whom they are not compatible. For persons with lower originality (in its relations with anxiety and excessive self-control), creative climate may spell uncertainty and subjective threat which becomes reflected in a higher rating of the dimensions representing emotional safety.
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