Throughout history, famous creative individuals have been recognized for infamous personality traits. Albert Einstein was often viewed as eccentric, Jackson Pollock was prone to violent outbursts, and Vincent Van Gogh struggled with deep depression. At times, the stereotype of the mad scientist or depressed artist does not seem to be undeserved. In fact, it begs the questions: Is there a specific set of personality traits that allow one to be truly creative? Can those with creative potential be identified by their personality traits? To answer these questions, researchers in the social sciences have explored personality and creativity from a variety of different angles. The research in this area is vast and currently yields two overarching areas of exploration—identifying creative personality traits and identifying and enhancing ...

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