TNB Night Owl – Gauging Your Creativity

The Orion Nebula, Hubble composite, 2006. Cropped. NASA/ESA/Space Telescope Science Institute. Public Domain.

There may be an infinite number of ways to be creative. Artists paint, sculpt, sing, dance, make music, and express themselves through these and myriad other crafts. Engineers, architects, builders, software engineers, and many other professionals design and make things. Inventors create something new out of nothing but their imagination and ingenuity. Scientists of all sorts devise clever experiments to prove or disprove ideas. Daydreaming is a creative activity that everyone does, or has done at least sometime in their life. There’s really no limit to how humans use their minds in creative ways. Everyone has the ability to be creative. It’s a skill that can be developed, if one chooses.

No single means of measuring creativity exists, but a group of scientists expressed their own innovativeness by designing a quick online tool to gauge a specific kind of verbal creativity. The less you know about it, the more accurate the results, so I’ll explain no further. Go to the Divergent Association Task website and follow the instructions. You can choose to “contribute your anonymous responses to [their] research” if you wish (or not) as well as provide your age, sex, and country, which are all completely optional. It’s designed to be completed in two to four minutes. I recommend a good night’s rest or that at least you feel sharp enough to think clearly for a few minutes in order to get accurate results. You can retake it as many times as you like, but only the first attempt counts from a scientific standpoint since all following attempts will benefit from the knowledge of how it works.

Keep in mind that no matter what your results are, this is only one way out of many to measure creativity and may or may not focus on your most highly developed creative abilities.

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