- Series: Understanding yourself and others series
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Telos Publications (January 31, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966462408
- ISBN-13: 978-0966462401
- Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creativity and Personality Type : Tools for Understanding and Inspiring the Many Voices of Creativity (Understanding yourself and others series) Paperback – January 31, 2001
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About the Author
Marci Segal is Principal of Creative ProblemSolving, founded in 1984, Toronto, Canada, an international innovation and creativity consulting organization. Marci is an MBTI qualifying instructor and uses the principles of creative studies and personality type to help individuals and communities within organizations develop a best work environment. Her education includes graduate and undergraduate work at the Center for Studies in Creativity in Buffalo, NY. She is a former president of the Ontario Association for the Application of Personality Type, an active Association for Psychological Type member and senior faculty at Creative Problem Solving Insitute in Buffalo, NY. Marci is recognized worldwide for her contributions to the fields of creativity and psychological type by integrating the frameworks for heightened practical applications in both fields. In 2000, Marci was given the Distinguished Leader Award for exemplary leadership, in the field of creativity at l! arge by the Creative Education Foundation, Buffalo, NY.
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As a temperament and personality type facilitator myself, I was excited by the wealth of material presented and the logical unfolding of the topic. This isn't always true of this kind of book. Sometimes trainers' books have all kinds of materials missing that the author only gives at the training program. Other books are written for the general public and leave out too much background material for any meaningful self-help to occur or for a facilitator to cover the topic in depth in a workshop.
The book begins by an overall outline of creativity. One of the key stereotypes of creativity is that it has to be something unique and "way out there." Marci takes great pains to emphasise that creativity is the ability to initiate change. There are a number of exercises and leaders' tips as to how a group is likely to respond and how to deal with possible problems.
Then the book moves on to temperament in a section called "Discovering Your Creative Voice." Helping people to see that there are many ways to be creative and that their kind of creativity is usually related to their personality, gives them a legitimate voice in a creativity session. So the next step is to help people become aware of their temperament. As an associate of Linda Berens, Marci begins with temperament and then later moves into psychological type, which from their experience gives an overall more accurate best-fit personality type for the individual. Marci uses her own unique method of determining temperament. She has participants answer creativity related questions and then has them compare their answers to four groups of answers which turn out to be typical responses of the four temperaments. Another exercise lists a large number of definitions of creativity by world renowned authorities. Participants are to choose ones they relate to. Then they are to compare their choices to four sets of choices which also turn out to be the four temperaments. With this second confirmation of best-fit, participants move on to reading their temperament descriptions that are taken from Berens's book on temperament (1998).
To demonstrate temperament differences participants are given an exercise where they take some craft materials and are told to be creative. Marci describes how in one of her workshops the four temperament groups reacted in very typical patterns. The description is a hoot, and I can't wait to try it with a group. She then follows up this exercise up with more temperament related creativity exercises.
The author then introduces Jung's theory of psychological type, showing how an understanding of the cognitive processes creates balance in divergent and convergent thinking. Participants find out their psychological type by engaging in creativity-related activities. They learn about the eight voices of creativity, i.e.: the four functions in their introverted and extraverted forms. Since these eight voices are in a hierarchy or a type dynamic, the code for determining the type dynamic of each type is explained. Exercises show how each of the sixteen types has its own unique way of dealing with situations requiring creative solutions. Now that participants know about information-gathering (the perceiving functions) and decision-making (the judging functions), the next step is to show how the creative process begins with divergent thinking, and then it has to use convergent thinking. First we want to generate a mass of ideas and then we need to winnow them down to practical ideas that can be implemented. In the idea-generating setup section, there are exercises that demonstrate both of these processes.
The final section, "Tools for Inspiring the Many Voices of Creativity," gives 23 detailed exercises to use with groups including helpful tips for the facilitator. These are presented as divergent exercises arranged by temperament, and then convergent exercises arranged by the four judging functions.
The book closes with appendices that include "Essential Qualities of Personality Patterns," and "Glossary for the Temperament Targets," both by Linda Berens, and a reference section.
It is fascinating to see how temperament and psychological type can be successfully applied to new areas of expertise. Marci has taken the field of creativity and enhanced it tremendously by using her knowledge and experience of temperament and psychological type. Even if you have no intention of facilitating a creativity workshop, reading about how personality and creativity relate will expand your knowledge of both temperament and psychological type. I can't wait until she gives a course on creativity that I can attend. It looks like a lot of fun!