The role of instrumental emotion regulation in the emotions-creativity link

How worries render individuals with high neuroticism more creative

Angela K Y Leung, Shyhnan Liou, Lin Qiu, Letty Y Y Kwan, Chi Yue Chiu, Jose C. Yong

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Abstract

Based on the instrumental account of emotion regulation (Tamir, 2005), the current research seeks to offer a novel perspective to the emotions-creativity debate by investigating the instrumental value of trait-consistent emotions in creativity. We hypothesize that emotions such as worry (vs. happy) are trait-consistent experiences for individuals higher on trait neuroticism and experiencing these emotions can facilitate performance in a creativity task. In 3 studies, we found support for our hypothesis. First, individuals higher in neuroticism had a greater preference for recalling worrisome (vs. happy) events in anticipation of performing a creativity task (Study 1). Moreover, when induced to recall a worrisome (vs. happy) event, individuals higher in neuroticism came up with more creative design (Study 2) and more flexible uses of a brick (Study 3) when the task was a cognitively demanding one. Further, Study 3 offers preliminary support that increased intrinsic task enjoyment and motivation mediates the relationship between trait-consistent emotion regulation and creative performance. These findings offer a new perspective to the controversy concerning the emotions-creativity relationship and further demonstrate the role of instrumental emotion regulation in the domain of creative performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-856
Number of pages11
JournalEmotion (Washington, D.C.)
Volume14
Issue number5
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Leung, Angela K Y ; Liou, Shyhnan ; Qiu, Lin ; Kwan, Letty Y Y ; Chiu, Chi Yue ; Yong, Jose C. / The role of instrumental emotion regulation in the emotions-creativity link : How worries render individuals with high neuroticism more creative. In: Emotion (Washington, D.C.). 2014 ; Vol. 14, No. 5. pp. 846-856.
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In: Emotion (Washington, D.C.), Vol. 14, No. 5, 01.10.2014, p. 846-856.

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