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The MBTI-Creativity Index was developed by Harrison Gough, Ph.D., at the Institute for Personality Assessment and Research or IPAR. Gough also developed the California Psychological Inventory, (CPI.). IPAR's samples of creative people were selected by peer nomination of creative people in creative fields (musicians, artists, scientists, architects, writers, etc.), as well as, by IPAR evaluations. [1,2]

    The Myers-Briggs Type indicator (or MBTI) is a widely used personality measurement instrument which is administered to over three million people a year. The MBTI-Creativity Index is calculated by taking a respondents MBTI scores and placing them into a formula that has been developed based on 30 years of creativity research at the Institute for Personality Assessment and Research (IPAR). [1,3]

    Gough's research on the MBTI-Creativity Index suggests that with regard to Meyers-Briggs personality types, creative individuals tend to be more intuitive ("N") rather that sensory ("S"); more perceiving ("P") than judging ("J"); more extroverted ("E") rather than introverted ("I"); and more thinking ("T") rather than feeling ("F") [3]. The most heavily weighted factor in the MBTI-CI is the preference for intuition. Twenty-six additional studies of creativity involving the MBTI have all found correlation between a preference for intuition and creativity [2].

     The average creativity index according to the MBTI bank of 50,000 women and 39,000 men is 235.5 [2]. The MBTI-CI scores possible ranges from negative 84.5 to a positive 547.5 for highly creative individuals. Gough estimated that individuals with Creativity Index scores less than 250 are less likely to demonstrate breakthrough creative talent, and those above 350 are likely to show breakthrough creativity [1,2,3].

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1. Gough, Harrison. Studies of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in a personality assessment research institute. Paper presented at the Fourth National Conference on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Stanford University, CA (July, 1981)

2. Myers, Isabel Briggs, and Mary H. McCaulley. Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Palo Alto, California. Consulting Psychologists Press. 1992

3. Thorne, Avril and Harrison Gough. Portraits of Type: An MBTI Research Compendium. Palo Alto, California. Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. 1991

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