Thursday, July 28, 2011

Distrust Increases Creativity

It would seem that distrust and creativity are incompatible. When you are distrustful, you are less likely to share information, something crucial for creativity to emerge in social settings.

Research, however, reveals that distrust seems to foster thinking about non-obvious alternatives to potentially deceptive outcomes, i.e. distrust may foster creativity. While distrust harmed public creativity, distrust enhanced private creativity and researchers feel enhanced cognitive flexibility is the mechanism by which this occurs.

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