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Creativity and rebellion why they go hand in hand

Creativity and Rebellion: Why They Go Hand-in-Hand

Creative people have long been known to challenge the status quo at work and school. Why is this the case? Is there something inherently rebellious about being a creative person? According to the author the answer is yes, although this doesn't always need to lead to conflict. This can be turned around for the better if people are better educated. Find out how in this article.

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Studies on creative people have consistently demonstrated that creativity is associated with openness to new ideas, risk-taking, and being inner-directed. Do these traits put creative people at odds with the culture and people around them? The answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no.

Say for example that Jeremy is a creative child that performs below average in school. He may be seen as a poor student by teachers and parents for daydreaming and doing poorly on objective tests. His latent skills as a right- brain thinker might be underappreciated and underdeveloped. 

Or consider the case of Alycia, a high school teacher who works in a constrictive environment. She is eager to try new teaching techniques but finds that her colleagues are traditional in their approach and even hostile to her ideas. What can she do?

There is little doubt that creative people will struggle in environments that are overly structured and they will feel frustrated with tasks that are not challenging. This helps explain wh