Effects of Creative Thinking and Its Personality Determinants on Negative Emotion Regulation

Fa Chung Chiu, Chih Chun Hsu, Yao Nan Lin, Cheng Hong Liu, Hsueh Chih Chen, Chi Hsiang Lin

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between creativity and negative emotion, and the effects of integrating creative insight into the reappraisal process on negative emotions. In Study 1, participants’ creativity and baseline anxiety levels were measured; then anxiety was induced, and anxiety levels were reassessed. In Study 2, participants wrote about past negative events and then completed the positive and negative affect schedule. They were split into three groups (insight reappraisal, simple reappraisal, or control groups); each of them received a separate intervention, and then they completed positive and negative affect schedule again. In Study 3, participants were randomly assigned to insight reappraisal or control groups; apart from measuring cognitive changes, the procedures were identical to Study 2. All participants were undergraduate students. Results showed that flexibility, originality, risk-taking, and complexity are negatively correlated with anxiety, and that insight reappraisal can induce insight experience and enhance cognitive changes, and reduce negative emotional responses. Therefore, integrating creative insight into the reappraisal process can enhance its effectiveness in reducing negative emotions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)916-943
Number of pages28
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume122
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • creative tendency
  • divergent thinking
  • insight experience
  • reappraisal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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