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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Creative types have long had a reputation for ego - and it certainly takes a strong belief in self to pursue an art form. Now, a new study suggests that the connection between inventiveness and arrogance can be measured. Psychologist Paul Silvia of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro headed up the study - and he joins us to explain his findings.


Paul Silvia

Comments [4]

Jonnie from Brooklyn

so the sample population was 1,300 undergrads, with a MEDIAN age of 21 ( meaning some are younger than 21 ). Isn't that a red flag? ALL young people are arrogant- and they also have the least to show for it. Why didn't they study more mature, accomplished artists? And beyond the fallacious, pseudo-scientific attempt to "study" creativity- what people will remember is this tenous connection between arrogance and creativity. Geniuses are mad, creative types are arrogant. Period. The most arrogant people I've met are people in authority, my bosses, teachers. And- there isn't arrogance in the sports arena? ( shakes head)

Jul. 13 2011 08:40 PM

i don't think anyone is saying that all arrogant people are creative. that would be silly. but, certain creative people, are indeed arrogant. i think, you need thick skin, to take criticism, and, to engage, the not so easy life of an artist. that kind of personality, often goes hand in hand with arrogance.

Jul. 13 2011 05:07 PM

I don't really agree because it's much to broad and depends on to many variables. Creativity can spring from adversity that has nothing to do with arrogance. Creative people can be very humble until they achieve something, and then they become arrogant, so arrogance had nothing to do with the creative insight they had. Many arrogant people think they can do more than they actually can. Many arrogant people are not creative. These are a few concerns and doubts I have about the study.

Jul. 13 2011 02:42 PM
Siouxie from Bronx

Yes, there is a certain arrogance that goes with the creative spirit. I attended the Art Student's League for a couple of years so I should know.

Mind you, an artist's arrogance is not necessarily in correlation to her/his respective talent. It's all in the head.

Jul. 13 2011 02:12 PM

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