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Illuminating the dark side of creative expression: assimilation needs and the consequences of creative action following mortality salience?

Arndt, Jamie, Routledge, Clay, Greenberg, Jeff and Sheldon, Kennon M. (2005) Illuminating the dark side of creative expression: assimilation needs and the consequences of creative action following mortality salience? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, (10), pp. 1327-1339. (doi:10.1177/0146167205274690).

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Abstract

Previous research indicates that mortality salience and creative behavior combine to increase feelings of guilt, presumably over the disruption to social connection elicited by the call for innovative expression. The present studies examined whether satiating assimilation motives by highlighting conformity to others reduces this effect (Study 1) and facilitates positive psychological engagement (Study 2). Study 1 used a 2 (conformity vs. neutral feedback)x 2 (mortality salience vs. control)x 2 (creative task vs. noncreative task) design and had participants complete a self-report measure of guilt. Study 2 used a 2 (mortality salience vs. control)x 2 (other goal task vs. self-goal task) design, and after a creativity exercise, had participants complete measures of positive mood, vitality, and creative problem solving. Results indicated attending to assimilation needs reduced the elevated guilt that follows the juxtaposition of mortality salience and creative behavior and also increased a sense of positive engagement. Implications are briefly discussed.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: terror management, creativity, growth motivation, emotions

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Local EPrints ID: 40160
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40160
ISSN: 0146-1672
PURE UUID: 765d16b9-56ac-4f89-8839-21337e3f4900

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:35

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Author: Jamie Arndt
Author: Clay Routledge
Author: Jeff Greenberg
Author: Kennon M. Sheldon

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