As the special reader of my blogs knows I am a sucker to for short (5 minutes or less) personality tests. Several days ago, I was sent this blog:
The blog discusses a new test: the Divergent Association Task (DAT) developed by a team of researchers led by J.A. Olsen of Harvard but including, I am proud to day, researchers from the University of Melbourne. It takes about 4 minutes to do and measures the level of creativity in a person.
This has always been an interesting problem for me. When I first learnt about the Five Factor Model the factor associated with creativity was named Openness to Creativity. Subsequently, and this is a change with which I disagree, it was changed to Openness to Experience. As I explained in this blog I think the change was made because there are not actually that many truly creative people in this world.
In the 7MTF model that I am promoting as the best and most practical tool for lifting your emotional intelligence Openness to Creativity is associated with the Artist. When I did the Humm-Wadsworth test in 1976 my Artist and Doublechecker were the two lowest components. This result was corroborated when I did the Jorden Peterson Personality course in early 2020. Part of the course is to take a personality test based on the Five Factor Model. For the factor Openness I was in the 20th percentile. For the two Petersen sub-components my scores were Intellect [interest in abstract ideas] (67%) and Openness [creativity] (3%).
So I was interested in taking the DAT. It takes less than 5 minutes to do. My score was 81.98, higher than 72.41% of the people who have completed this task. The average score is 78, and most people score between 74 and 82. I think the standard deviation using the Cumulative Normal Distribution is 6.33 but I am willing to be corrected.
This result is somewhat higher than I expected but I reckon this is because the DAT score does appear to depend on not just on your level of creativity but your verbal proficiency. If you have a high verbal IQ you most likely will have a higher DAT than you would expect. (My low sense of modesty allows me to disclose that my verbal IQ was scored in the top 1% back in 1976 by Chandler & Macleod. Alcohol and age have probably somewhat diminished the level.)
“Know Yourself” is one of the two Greek commandments inscribed on the Temple at Delphi and the journey of self-examination never ends. The DAT is a useful test to take on the quest and recommended.
This blog was first published on LinkedIn on 28 August 2021.
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