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Sympathy fuels creativity: The beneficial effects of sympathy on originality

Title
Sympathy fuels creativity: The beneficial effects of sympathy on originality
Authors
Yang, HwajinYang, Sujin
Ewha Authors
양수진
SCOPUS Author ID
양수진scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
THINKING SKILLS AND CREATIVITY
ISSN
1871-1871JCR Link1878-0423JCR Link
Citation
vol. 21, pp. 132 - 143
Keywords
Induced sympathyTrait empathyCreativityOriginalityFlexibilityFluency
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Sympathy is usually evoked by heightened awareness of and concern for others' suffering by perceiving or reacting to their distress or need. Sympathetic contexts appear to spur creative solutions, because those who react sympathetically to others' suffering tend to seek novel, desirable, and prosocial solutions that alleviate suffering and promote well-being. We conducted two studies to investigate whether sympathy enhances creativity. Study 1 tested the feasibility of using images of distressed elderly as an unobtrusive method to induce sympathy. Study 2 sought to determine whether induced sympathy promotes creativity, and whether individual differences in trait empathy moderate this effect. Results demonstrate that sympathy fosters creative originality - but not creative fluency or flexibility - as assessed by either content-general or content-specific creativity measures. In addition, the beneficial effect of sympathy on originality is moderated by individual differences in trait empathy. The potential mechanisms that underlie these effects are discussed. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI
10.1016/j.tsc.2016.06.002
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