Title

Creative procrastinators: Mapping a complex terrain

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2020

Abstract

Employing forgetting fixation theory, we distinguish between passive and active procrastinators by examining their impacts on creativity along with the moderating roles of emotional stability and conscientiousness. Across two independent studies with students (Study 1) and the general public (Study 2), we found different effects on self-reported versus expert-rated task creativity. Passive procrastination had a negative relationship with self-reported creativity but a positive relationship with expert-rated creativity. The four dimensions of active procrastination had mixed effects on creativity. The effects of a person's ability to meet deadlines – a facet of active procrastination – on both creativity measures were further enhanced by conscientiousness. Emotional stability weakened the positive effect of another facet of active procrastination, preference for pressure, on expert-rated creativity. By delineating the differential relationship of two types of procrastination with creativity, this study highlights the importance of refining a model of purposeful delay in creativity.

DOI

10.1016/j.paid.2019.109640

Publication Title

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume Number

154

ISSN

01918869

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