This workshop looks at how students can develop their creativity based on the personality approach. Students will be introduced to the Big-5 model of personality which asserts that there are five basic dimensions of personality. They include extraversion-introversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience. Students will examine the relationship between creativity and these Big 5 dimensions of personality. They will also analyze how the learning environment affects the development of the creative personality. Students will be able to apply this psychological knowledge in various ways. For example, students will learn how to identify and overcome the emotional obstacles to creativity, such as the fear of failure and negative evaluation. To ensure that the learning process is meaningful and interactive, students will engage in various activities during the workshop, like watching a short video on personality, analyzing their creative strengths and weaknesses by completing a Big-5 survey on personality, as well as tackling a creative task involving a live performance in class. In summary, this workshop will equip students with the psychological knowledge and tools to develop their creativity using the personality-based approach.
1. Students understand what the Big-5 model of personality is.
2. Students understand the link between the Big-5 dimensions and creativity.
3. Students understand how the learning environment affects the creative personality.
4. Students understand their creative strengths & weaknesses as a person.
5. Students understand how to overcome the emotional obstacles to creativity.
Dr Ng Aik Kwang is an expert on the cultivation of creativity in the Asian classroom and society. He is the author of six popular books on this subject. They include Why Asians Are Less Creative Than Westerners (2001); Liberating the Creative Spirit in Asian Students (2004); Creative Problem-Solving for Asians: A Practical Guide to Develop Your Creativity as an Asian (2007); Asian & Western Paths to Happiness: How to be Creative and Live the Good Life (2008); Creativity: Questions & Controversies (2009) as well as Psychology of Creativity (2013). Dr Ng received the 2001 Early Career Research Award from the International Council of Psychologists for a provocative paper which is interestingly entitled Why Creators are Dogmatic People, “Nice” People are not Creative and Creative People are not “Nice”. After obtaining his PhD in Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr Ng worked as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education (1999 – 2005). Besides lecturing at NIE, Dr Ng has conducted courses on creativity in a wide variety of organizations, including SIM University, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University. Dr Ng is also an entrepreneur who set up The Idea Resort which provides practical and interactive workshops on creativity.