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On Risks and Side Effects: Does Creative Accomplishment Make us Narcissistic?

Published Online: 03 Jan 2019
Volume & Issue: Volume 5 (2018) - Issue 2 (December 2018)
Page range: 182 - 187
Received: 15 Nov 2018
Accepted: 10 Dec 2018
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2354-0036
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Kaufman (2018) calls for a research agenda on outcomes of creativity. Despite its many conceivable positive consequences, we focus on narcissism as a potentially less socially desirable outcome of creative accomplishment in this commentary. Evidence from cross-sectional studies suggests a systematic link between different indicators of creativity and narcissism. We argue that - irrespective of methodological challenges associated with this research - it seems indeed plausible that creativity is associated with narcissism. The link is presumably strongest in individuals who engage in creativity for recognition motives. Narcissistic strivings might ignite creative endeavors, and positive social feedback for creative accomplishments might fuel narcissism. While more research needs to be done to understand the causal nature of the effects, the available evidence points to narcissism as a socially undesirable aspect of creativity which is not commonly discussed.

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