Thursday, September 15, 2005

Test Your Creativity


If you’ve been following out the last two articles, A Creation Story and We’re All Creative Types, you might have seen that it’s a wide spectrum that falls under the word creativity. You probably suspected I’d provide a test so that you could see just where you fall with your won creativity.

The test I found is being normed against people of the same gender, age group and profession. Of course, they don’t have painting, writing, or turtle training as an option, I picked media as my profession. The test takes about ten minutes and you’ll want a reasonably fresh mind, They ask that you take the only once to keep their statistic clean. Two or three times near the end you will be asked you to list how might use an everyday item to do different things, but the rest of the test is fairly straightforward.





After you take the test, please do leave a comment about whether your score matches your perception of your beliefs about your creativity. Let's have a discussion to get closer to what this idea of creativity means.

Tomorrow: Find out why Gerald Haman and I should be friends. Who is Gerald Haman? What does he know about setting up your space to help you think more creatively. . . and what about Naomi?

—me strauss Letting me be

17 comments:

Ned said...

I took the test, but was unable to choose any profession and so labeled myself "other" and "other" and apparently when compared with other "others" I tested at least as high as your average cashier at McDonald's drive-thru.

I still can't figure out what Armadillos have to do with it though. Is that going to be a new sandwich on the menu?

The word is iofkoli. I think I could get a poem out of that.

ME Strauss said...

Ned,
As soon as I got to "other compared to other others," I knew this comment was from you. (big grin>

Armadillo is what the cucumber after sitting in the brine and someone asked if he was a gherkin.

Add jmqgiczc to that poem if you will.

smiles,
Liz.

Eric Mutta said...

I took the test at 0446hrs and at that time my creativity index was 66.02 (4.08 units above "typical"). I don't know whether I agree with it because I don't know the maximum score nor what units the score is in.

I did agree with the individual scores however. I did well in the complexity category (makes sense given what I do to pay my bills: program computers), the persistence category (explains why I'm up at 5am working) and finally the paradox category (explains why I'm not asleep like every other normal person).

On the subject of creativity, the BBC did do an online radio series on it, called Creative Genius. Found it very interesting, especially that man who's creativity was unleashed after something happened to his brain.

ME Strauss said...

Dear Eric,
Welcome and thank you for your cogent analysis.We do play a little bit as you might have noticed from the comments on this site, but we take our playing very seriously.

And I'm awake at all hours so feel free to check in again.

smiles,
Liz

ME Strauss said...

PS Eric I thanks for the link. I just checked it out. It's fascinating.

smiles,
Liz

Cheryl said...

Erm..... 80.43

But I have to say in my defence that this is really only a test of your ability to play silly blighters and turn things on their head - to be contrary.

Or maybe thats just because my highest on being pushy and curious ROFL.

ME Strauss said...

Or Cheryl,
You could just be incredibly intelligent and creative.

Like me.


smiles,
Liz

Bluesky_Liz said...

I chose my profession under Life sciences - engineering, research and development. I got 62.18, rather close to typical.

Some of the questions are weird - what does liking crossword puzzles or not have to do with creativity? :)

garnet said...

I ended up at 72, which is probably right for me. If anything, I am more scientific than creative. Playing an instrument in an orchestra is more of a fine craft than an art.

When it showed the different stained glass choices, I wanted to have a different one each day. I like variety. Maybe I'll take the test again and be more creative tomorrow.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Liz thank you for taking part in this.

If you read the comments before you see that Eric also scored near you and his profess is computer programming. It seems emperical data might pull people who prefer to stay more ground. But that would be an obbious conclusion I might think.

My guess is that the crossword puzzles are there because there is only one right answer, the answer has to be right two ways, and it oges in a box. I would think that would frustrate a person who is off-the-scale creative. Don't you?

smiles,
Liz

ME Strauss said...

Garnet!
Good to see you!

I think 72 is pretty darn creative for that test. I suspect they weigh heavy on those "How could you use a *plate* kind of questions at the end. More is more is what I suspect, because no machine can tell whether you are just wriring random words.

Funny, I had the same response to what you're calling the stained glass, but I didn't know what to call it. Did I not read carefully? My eyes do get tired easily.

smiles,
Liz

rdl said...

I got 75.?? whick is preety good for a person working in the medical field and a frustrated artist type. And I hate crosswords.

ME Strauss said...

Hey rdl,
I think that's doing well.
I have heard any above an 80 on here yet.

I'm thinking that in medicine I want you solving problems creatively, but I don't want you too creative with me.

smiles,
Liz

Eric Mutta said...

Hi Liz, thanks for the warm welcome. Your blog is now on my radar :).

ME Strauss said...

Hi Eric,

That's my son's name. So that has to be a good thing.

You're welcome here any time.

smiles,
Liz

Eric Mutta said...

Liz:>That's my son's name. So that has to be a good thing.

Your son's name is Eric as well? Small world :-).

I see you've got a new stream of posts so I'm off to try and keep up!

ME Strauss said...

Eric,
I have to keep you busy with something. :)