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Cantankerous creativity: Honesty–Humility, Agreeableness, and the HEXACO structure of creative achievement
Personality and Individual Differences
  • Paul J. Silvia, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • James C. Kaufman, California State University - San Bernardino
  • Roni Reiter-Palmon, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Benjamin Wigert, University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Creativity research has suggested that creative people are low in agreeableness. To explore this issue, we applied the HEXACO model of personality structure, which offers an expanded representation of interpersonal traits, particularly a distinction between Honesty–Humility and Agreeableness. A sample of 1304 adults completed the HEXACO-60 and several measures of creative achievement and activities. Latent variable models found that Agreeableness had no relationship with creativity, but Honesty–Humility did: people lower in Honesty–Humility had higher creativity scores, consistent with past work on arrogance and pretentiousness among creative people.

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 51, Issue 5 (October 2011) DOI #10.1016/j.paid.2011.06.011.

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Paul J. Silvia, James C. Kaufman, Roni Reiter-Palmon and Benjamin Wigert. "Cantankerous creativity: Honesty–Humility, Agreeableness, and the HEXACO structure of creative achievement" Personality and Individual Differences Vol. 51 Iss. 5 (2011) p. 687 - 689
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