Creativity and veracity

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2/6/2020

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Lying is an everyday occurrence; individuals tell white lies, bluffs, lies of omission, malingering, and even use sarcastic lies (Vrij, 2008; Wright, Berry, & Bird, 2013). The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between creativity, personality, and lying. Individuals who are better divergent thinkers tend to be more creative liars, and creative individuals are more likely to be dishonest (Harris, Reiter-Palmon, & Kaufman, 2013). Creativity may be important in the generation of falsehoods. There are also some malevolent personality characteristics that are prevalent in creative individuals. Previous research has shown that there is a relationship between the dark triad personality traits and creativity (Jonason, Richardson, & Potter, 2015). Deception is also related to the personality traits of honesty and humility on the HEXACO-PI-R (Oh, Lee, Ashton, & de Vries, 2011). I was interested in the associations between the variables of creativity, deception, and the personality traits of the dark triad and honesty and honest-humility. I hypothesized that someone who is more creative would be more deceptive, lower in honesty and humility, and higher in Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. I did not find a strong overall link between creativity, deception and personality measures, although there were a handful of significant relationships.

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Creativity, Deception, Personality, Lying

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