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04-19-2008, 08:54 PM
Sorry if this subject has been discussed in another thread already, but I wanted to draw attention to this PDF presentation by Dan Himmerich.
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It seemed kind of interesting to me how different styles of creativity were correlated to various MBTI types. Some ideas are presented that discuss a rule of thumb for putting together teams of people for different goals based on MBTI type.
If you want efficiency in your team, then you put people together who have similar levels of creativity. However, if you want more creative ideas, then you put people together who have a bigger variation in creative approaches.
04-20-2008, 09:33 AM
I'd heard of this before, but that article was clarifying. I might start implementing it in leadership!
04-20-2008, 09:54 AM
I don't think innovation and originality is connected to type per say, because coming up with a completely new way of doing things is mostly coincidental. I think type is merely related to an innovative mindset, as in the intent to make something new. Most of the innovations in the world at large are mostly coincidental.
And I don't think innovation for Ns is necessarily about trying change the world, but more about changing aspects in whatever they are passionate about. Changing their own world.
And I think it's naive to say that Ns believe all change is good. I believe there are changes that are good and changes that are bad. When I have a conception in my head, I am relatively uncaring of how original the concept is to the world, but I'm rather more interested in just getting the vision out. Sometimes I succeed, but most of the time, I get wrapped in the excitement of the idea that I just live it out in my head.
In my creative work, I'm less interested in asking more questions than I am in making the vision as concrete as possible. And that's pretty much the way the NJ works -- s(he) has a vision that s(he) intends to make known to the outer world. The NP, on the other hand, will make creative work that more likely raises more questions, since, as P's, they are less interested in closure.
04-21-2008, 03:15 PM
Excellent link, I knew we were the best!
Seriously, he doesn't present much of a case for his stances. I do think some types are more prone to innovation in certain contexts; but he doesn't have a clearly thought out rationale for any of it.
For instance, if he did creativity in poetry, literature or music; I think his charts are grossly insufficient.
12-18-2008, 03:10 PM
Hi - Just connected to this forum, and thought I'd add to this chat line about my presentation. :)
A couple of thoughts initially. I don't have 2 posts yet, so I can't see which paper or presentation you're discussing. It may be that you're looking at a document intended not for practitioners, but as introductory material to the concepts. Perhaps that's coloring your interpretation (ie: informative vs. scholarly paper). The correlation between _N_P and a more innovative creative style is based on research published in both the MBTI manual, and the KAI certification material. While no statistical studies find meaningful correlations between E/I and T/F and creative style, fieldword does substantiate some preference connections between Feeling and more adaptive creativite style. Dr. Kirton would tell you that Extraversion seems to also correlate to higher KAI scores (more innovative creative style). Next point: Don't confuse 'creative style' with 'creativity'. A/I theory makes the arguement that all people are creative, and all people manage change. The method, however, by which the cognitive processes work is different. "More Adaptive" creative style and "More Innovative" creative style are just different approaches - one is not better or worse than the other. On this same line, Kirton proposes a very strict definition for the work "innovation", which is well documented in his numerous books & papers. Do not confuse the A/I definition of "innovation" with the much less precise 'street' definition.
The pattern is illustrative, but generally conforms to the results of validation studies & statistically measureable correlations. One of the really interesting things about this is how consistently results in teams map to this grid - not 100%, but the patterns are fairly consistent.
The other area I'd like to comment on is expression. "most of the time, I get wrapped in the excitement of the idea that I just live it out in my head" - wouldn't you say that this is classic "I"? Doesn't mean that there isn't excitement about change, just that it isn't expressed the same way it might be if the post was from an Extravert.
Cheers, and would be glad to comment on/discuss this further.
- Dan (ENTP, 135, Rational)
12-18-2008, 10:20 PM
Very eye-opening read; the misconceptions that "SJ types are uncreative" goes down the drain.
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