6. Openness to Experience
... tend to be imaginative, curious, perceeptive, creative, artistic, thoughtfull and intellectual. They are driven to explore their own inner worlds of ideas, emotions, sensations and fantasies, and outwardly, to constantly seek out and attemp to make meaning of new information in their environment.
... the drive for exploration in its many forms, may be the single most important personal factor predicting creative achievment.
Dopamin is the mother of human invention
The Neuromodulator of Exploration
I dagliglivet spiller signalstoffet dopamin en afgørende rolle for drivkræfterne bag alle positivt motiverede handlinger, hvortil der er knyttet oplevelser af velvære. Dopamin udløses således i så forskellige situationer som under opnåelse af succes i både krig og kærlighed, under spisning ved et veldækket bord, i vundne spil-situationer, under indtagelse af narkotika, ved seksuelle samværsituationer o. lign., og hvor signalstoffet endvidere virker forstærkende på trangen til vanemæssigt at se frem til at kunne genopsøge pågældende dopaminudløsende situation på ny.
Individuals who are high in the openness to experience domain get energizede not through the possibility of appetitive rewards but through the possibility of discovering new information. It is the chill of the knowledge chase tht most excites them.
For the highest levels of creativity it may be especially imprtant to achieve a balance between the intellectual aspects og openness to experience and the mor fanatasy-orientet aspects.
The benefits of achieving a helthy balance of the intellecutal, imaginative, aesthetic, and emotional realms of cognitive exploration don't only pertain to creative work. Integrating the diverse realms of openness to experience my also lead to the highest forms of personal growth.
Creativity benefits from an outsider's mind-set
By opening to experience and actively choosing to see things from different perspectives, we can counter the damaging effects of familiarity and increase our cognitive flexibility.Openness to experience go hand in hand with integrative complexity, the capacity and desire to recognize new patterns and find links among seemingly unrelated pieces of information. In fact, living in and adapting to foreign cultures may also enhance integrative complexity, which can give a major boost to our powers of creativ thought.
In his extensive research on scientific genius, Simonton fond that the most creative scientists don't typicallyy pursue a single research question within a single specialized area of expertise. Instead, highly creative scientists tend to engage in a large number of loosely related activities, forming a broad "network of enterprises". They also tend to have creative hobbies and interests outside of the scienses.
James Harris "Jim" Simons (born 1938) is an American mathematician, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is a code breaker and studies pattern recognition.Simons is the co-inventor, with Shiing-Shen Chern, of the Chern–Simons form - Chern and Simons (1974), and contributed to the development of string theory by providing a theoretical framework to combine geometry and topology with quantum field theory. Simons was a professor of mathematics at Stony Brook University and was also the former chair of the Mathematics Department at Stony Brook.
In 1982, Simons founded Renaissance Technologies, a private hedge fund investment company based in New York with over $25 billion under management. Simons retired at the end of 2009 as CEO of one of the world's most successful hedge fund companies. Simons' net worth is estimated to be $14 billion.(...)Simons shuns the limelight and rarely gives interviews, citing Benjamin the Donkey in Animal Farm for explanation: "God gave me a tail to keep off the flies. But I'd rather have had no tail and no flies." On October 10, 2009, Simons announced he would retire on January 1, 2010 but remain at Renaissance as nonexecutive chairman.