Creativity Skills

Highly creative people enjoy positive life outcomes not despite their extraordinary creativity but because of it.


Creativity is defined as the ability to generate, articulate, and/or apply inventive and original ideas, techniques, and perspectives (Ferrari and others, 2009).

How does Creativity Skills help?

"Many areas have been causally linked to creative individuals’ success. As the literature on skills shows, on average, creative individuals exhibit higher productivity throughout their lifetimes, and they are more likely to succeed in more than one of following domains; visual arts, music, creative writing, dance, drama, architecture, scientific discovery, invention and innovation, and the culinary arts (Carson and others, 2005)."

Novelty in Life

Creativity is a particularly valuable asset during adolescent social and emotional development when new cognitive, emotional, and social experiences arise. Creative adolescents are able to channel the novelty in their lives in a useful direction by sheer definition of the skill (Barron, 1955; Stein, 1953; Runco and Jaeger, 2012).

Mental Well-being

In short, on average, creative individuals are better emotionally and socially adapted adolescents (Runco, 1996). Furthermore, individuals with higher levels of creativity enjoy better levels of physical and mental well-being in later life.

Positive Academic Performance

Creativity is associated positively with academic performance even though the benefit of having this skill is sometimes mediated through more traditional cognitive skills (Gajda and others, 2016).

Creativity and Knowledge Creation

Studies also identify an association between creativity and knowledge creation, and between learning how to learn and lifelong learning (Gralewski and Karwowski, 2012.

Creativity and Employability

Research based on employers’ surveys and expert advice have addressed the value of creativity for employability, especially entrepreneurship and development of new small and medium enterprises (SMEs) (Lippman and others, 2015;

Employers Expect Creativity

Research conducted on skills that employers reported to expect from graduates and their resumes identified the necessity of demonstrating the graduates’ life skill creativity and imagination (Rae, 2007).

How to assess my Creativity Skills?

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What does the Creativity Skills Test Assess?

1. Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS)

This instrument is a 50-item self-reported questionnaire. The items fall under the following 5 domains: Self/Everyday Creativity, Scholarly, Creativity, Performance Creativity (encompassing writing and music), Mechanical/Scientific Creativity, and Artistic Creativity. Participants rate themselves on a 5-point Likert scale.


Kaufman, J. C. (2012). Counting the muses: Development of the Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6(4), 298.


We profusely thank James C. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education University of Connecticut, for granting permission to use Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS).

Is it possible to learn the Creativity Skills?

The results of the study undertaken for Stanford University’s Design School suggest that every individual can be creative and that learning creativity is a matter of providing an environment that helps participants unlock their creative potential and apply it in their own work (Design School 2010; Straker and Wrigley 2014).