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Why creative people thrive in the midst of mess

Trying to fit a creative person in a clean space can be a nightmare, because there’s just something so wrong about it. While most of society adores nothing more than a clean house, there’s a certain group of people who thrive in clutter and chaos, and University of Minnesota psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs set out to find out why.

According to Elite Daily:

Using a paradigm consisting of one messy room and one tidy room, and a series of trials, Vohs concluded that messy rooms provoke more creative thinking – and provided scientific evidence!

The next question is, what exactly constitutes “creative thinking,” and how will your pig sty of a room help?

Creative thinking, in its purest form, is thinking outside the lines of “conventional” reasoning. When considering this, it should be no huge shock that messy rooms containing possessions misplaced from their “conventional” locations would promote creativity.

So, messy people of the world, it’s not that we’re slobs, just more creative with our organization.

Works for me!

Full story at Psychological Science via Elite Daily.

Digging deep to find that creative streak.

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3 Comments

  • Good to be validated–but I still wish I were better and keeping my office neat :-)

  • I vouch for this :P

  • There is something creatively unrestrained about chaos and as a younger person i used to feel truly frustrated attempting to make my living room ever so orderly. Each object in my attempt to put it back in place began to weigh a ton and should anyone attempt to move anything after my toil, I would burst into flames….I’m a lot better now!
    Hi Mike!!!

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