Are You A Bit Of A Loser?

Are You A Bit Of A Loser? Don’t Worry, You’re Probably Really Creative

A new study explores the connection between rejection and creativity and could provide perspective for companies looking to hire creative people.

Are you a recovering high school geek who still can’t get the girl? Are you always the last person picked for your company’s softball team? When you watched Office Space, did you feel a special kinship to the stapler-obsessed Milton Waddams? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do not despair. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Cornell have recently found that the socially rejected might also be society’s most creatively powerful people.

The study, which is forthcoming in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, is called “Outside Advantage: Can Social Rejection Fuel Creative Thought?” It found that people who already have a strong “self-concept”–i.e. are independently minded–become creatively fecund in the face of rejection. “We were inspired by the stories of highly creative individuals like Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga,” says the study’s lead author, Hopkins professor Sharon Kim. “And we wanted to find a silver lining in all the popular press about bullying. There are benefits to being different.”

The study consisted of 200 Cornell students and set out to identify the relationship between the strength of an individual’s self-concept and their level of creativity.  Continue reading this article to assess your “need for uniqueness.”

It’s no secret that community association managers are creative problem solvers.  This article will illustrate how to create a professional environment that facilitates independent and creative thought.  How does your management company foster a creative environment?  Let us know in the comments section.

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