Creativity | Character Strength | VIA Institute

Become Aware Of Your Strength

Understand what creativity is all about so you can begin recognizing it in yourself and others.
What is Creativity?

Creativity is thinking of new ways to do things. It involves producing ideas or behaviors that are original. However, originality is not enough: whatever is created, whether an idea or a product, must also be useful or adaptable. For example, you might write a blog post that is unique because it is entirely gibberish. That’s not going to be useful, so it would not be considered creative.

There are two essential components to Creativity- originality and adaptiveness. A creative individual generates ideas or behaviors that are novel or unusual and these make a positive contribution to the individual's life or the lives of others group).

Which virtue is this strength?
Creativity is a strength within the virtue category of wisdom, one of six virtues that subcategorize the 24 strengths. Wisdom describes strengths that help you gather and use knowledge. The other strengths in Wisdom are creativity , curiosity , judgment , love of learning , and perspective .

Explore and Apply Your Strength

Research findings on the benefits of the strength of creativity found that Creativity helps in promoting divergent thinking, thinking about many ways to solve a problem. It uses ideas and details in a way that can be implemented for a socially positive purpose. Self-confidence and greater self-knowledge are byproducts of creativity that can help you feel comfortable in a variety of situations and adapt to challenges and stressors. Creativity drives your interest in activities and can help you generate ideas that will inspire interest in others.