23 Nov Are extroverts and introverts creative in the same way?
Are extroverts and introverts creative in the same way? Researchers have found that both extroversion and openness to new ideas are major components of creative thinking, so it would seem that extroverts have the edge over introverts when it comes to creativity.
There is a downside to these findings, however. Extroverts are energized by immediate results and success, so are best at on-the-spot thinking.
People who are open to new ideas tend to be more imaginative, curious, artistic, and inventive, so are great for looking in unexpected places for creative solutions.
Extroverts were found to be most creative when immediate results were needed, but lack the focus to stay with problem solving for the longer haul.
Introverts however, are better at sustained problem solving, prefer quietness and minimal stimulation, but become anxious when pressed for an immediate response.
For all of us, creative thinking is most likely to appear when we are relaxed and focused, so yoga and meditation exercises are good preparation techniques.
Both lessen learning and performance anxiety and help to release negative thoughts.
Given this, is no surprise that extroverts are best for getting quick, creative results, but introverts, when relaxed, are more creative in the longer term.