Exploring a tripartite relationship between rebelliousness, openness to experience and creativity

Murray Griffin1, Mark R. McDermott2
1University of East London, United Kingdom
2University of London, United Kingdom
Cite this article:  Griffin, M., & McDermott, M. R. (1998). Exploring a tripartite relationship between rebelliousness, openness to experience and creativity. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 26(4), 347-356.

Volume 26 Issue 4 | e936 | Published: November 1998 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1998.26.4.347

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Sixty-seven undergraduates completed the NEO-Personality Inventory (Costa & McCrae, 1985), the Rebelliousness Questionnaire (McDermott, 1987), and an author-devised creativity checklist. Reactive rebelliousness correlated positively with NEO-neurotic hostility and negatively with NEO-openness to experience subscales but not with frequency of self-reported creative interests and activities. A disaggregated measure of creative activities however, demonstrated a positive association between number of creative literary acts and proactive rebelliousness scores. All 6 NEO-openness subscales correlated positively with self-reported creative activities; 5 did so with creative interests. Specifically, openness to fantasy and openness to aesthetic experience correlated notably with creative activities and interests. Thus, openness, as McCrae & Costa (1985) hypothesized, was highly predictive of self-reported creative acts and interests.


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