Creativity | Character Strength | VIA Institute

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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 .
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Where does Creativity appear in your Character Strengths Profile?
Research findings indicate that creativity helps in promoting divergent thinking - thinking about many ways to solve a problem. 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. Learn how to activate this strength and all of your other strengths with your personalized Total 24 Report.