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Anxiety and flexibility of defense related to high or low creativity

Publiceringsår: 2002
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 341-349
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Creativity Research Journal
Volym: 14
Nummer: 3-4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Taylor & Francis


The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in anxiety and defense mechanisms between differently creative people. Two extreme groups that scored either very high or very low on a test of the creative function were selected from a larger cohort (N = 60). Each group consisted of 12 male undergraduate students, who took a test of defense mechanisms and completed anxiety inventories. The results showed that the high-creative group had more anxiety than the low-creative group. The high-creative group also used a greater number of different defense categories than the low-creative group. The number of defense categories was positively correlated with a fluency measure in the creativity test. These results are discussed in terms of variability in basal arousal, flexibility, and a creative defensive style.


  • Psychology


  • ISSN: 1040-0419

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