I don’t know about you guys, but one of my guilty pleasures is taking really tacky internet/magazine quizzes and reading the results to find out more about myself. Seriously, I’ve spent hours taking quizzes to find out if I should get a new job, if I’m ready for change, if I’m happy with my life, and even to find out what exactly it is that I’m chasing in life. I never miss the chance to find out more about myself from these multiple-choice quizzes, and you can imagine my excitement when I found an internet quiz on finding your creative style. Who better to tell me that I am creative person than a British magazine?
The magazine is called Psychologies and it’s an English women’s magazine that focuses on “helping you understand yourself and the world around you, by gathering the latest, most compelling thinking and translating it into personally relevant insight and guidance” (straight out of their website y’all).
One of the ways they help women understand themselves is by providing quizzes and then giving life insight based on the answers. Luckily for me, one of the quizzes is meant to help women figure out what their creativity stye is. I took the quiz, obviously, and this was the result:
“Creativity is a release:
For you, creativity is first and foremost a form of expression: it creates a special link between the internal and external worlds. It allows you to get a grasp of your powerful emotions, by moulding them into a physical form. In fact, the most important thing for you is to be able to release your emotions.”
It goes into a lot of detail about what creativity as a release means, but basically the most important part is that creativity is cathartic and focused more on the release of emotions and energy than anything else.
Okay. I know this answer was probably made up on the spot with no scientific basis, but I think there are some valuable things to pull from this.
A lot of what I’ve been experimenting with on my blog has involved different forms of art therapy, which is basically what the quiz tells me my creative style is. Although the quiz isn’t necessarily right, the biggest thing I’ve found with trying new artistic endeavours so far is how it feels to do them. I’m aways talking about the process, rather than the outcome, and I think using creativity as a release is the perfect way to define this.
For others who may have more experience with the arts, this answer probably wouldn’t satisfy them. But I think for people (like me) who don’t approach creativity as having to produce something amazing, this is a reasonable answer.
Out of curiosity, I took the quiz a few more times picking different answers to see what the other answers could be. There were three other possibilities:
– You communicate through creativity
– Creativity gives you insight
– Creativity enriches you
(find out which answer you get at https://www.psychologies.co.uk/test-whats-your-creative-style)
Again, I know this is just a really lame magazine quiz about creativity, but all these answers show how different ‘being creative’ can be for everyone. I started this blog wanting to find out if I could be an artist and if I could dig into my inner creativity to do so, but I’m starting to realize that being creative doesn’t mean you have to be a full-blown artist. Being creative can mean so many different things to different people (as our wonderful friends at Psychologies have demonstrated). For me, I don’t think it involves producing amazing art.
This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop trying new artistic endeavours and finding different ways to delve into my creative side, but this does change how I will approach the endeavours. There is so much more to being creative than simply making art. I think that’s what people who don’t see themselves as creative or as artists need to understand.
In case I’ve succeeded at convincing you that not only does being creative involve more than producing good art, but that spending time on internet quizzes might not be a complete waste, here’s a link to the Psychologies web page that is full of all the different internet quizzes you can take: