DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE CREATIVE?

Find out with this quiz designed for both managers and individuals by Dr. Robert Epstein. The quiz is based on Dr. Epstein's competencies approach to creavitity and is designed to help you determine what skills you need to become even more creative!

NOTE: This is a "mini" version of the ECCI-i (Epstein Creativity Competencies Inventory for Individuals). The full test, which yields an overall score plus subscale scores in four specific competency areas, is available here. An abridged, self-scoring version of the ECCI-i is included in two of Dr. Epstein's recent books: The Big Book of Creativity Games and Creativity Games for Trainers. The ECCI-i focuses on the skills you need to increase your creative output. Dr. Epstein has also developed a test, the ECCI-m, that measures eight different competencies that managers and teachers need to help others to express creativity. Both of the books mentioned above include exercises that help build specific competencies.

Read each of the following statements and click the button next to the answer that best applies to you:

1. I allow myself time every day to think of new ideas:

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2. Occasionally I like to work on extremely difficult problems:

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3. I record my new ideas as soon as they come to me:

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4. I often read books and articles from outside my specialty:

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5. I enjoy traveling to new places:

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6. I do not seek out only the tasks that are certain to succeed:

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7. I sometimes use my dreams or daydreams to think of new ideas:

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8. I often change the decorations in my work environment:

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9. I enjoy working with new and diverse groups of people:

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10. I often read books and articles from areas outside my specialty:

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11. I am not afraid of failure:

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12. There are special places where I go to think:

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13. I have no problem with submitting an idea using a suggestion system:

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14. I seek training in areas outside my area of expertise:

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15. I like to meet new people:

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Give yourself 1 point for each Strongly Disagree, 2 points for each Disagree, 3 points for each Neither, 4 points for each Agree and 5 points for each Strongly Agree.

Now total up your score, check the rating scale below to find out how creative you can be.

15-27 Dried-Up Pen
It's not that you lack creativity, it's just you don't know how to access and express it. You prefer to stick to things more mechanical in nature, while avoiding things that require others to stare at what you've done. Going through life without expressing your creativity is akin to driving through Arizona with no A/C and the power windows stuck in an up position. It can be done. But it isn't really pleasant, and you're likely to be quite crabby when the day is through. Still, there are a wide variety of tricks and methods available to you to help harness those creative fruits and start making juice.

28-39 Broken Chalk
You have some ability to express your creativity, but you still have to be reminded on occasion that crayons can be used for something other than eating. Your occasional bursts of creativity can be bolstered by techniques that will allow you to awaken and put to use your abilities which are there, but have yet to be truly harnessed.

40-51 Disappearing Ink
Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. Your creative capacity has a lot of room for expansion. You know the warehouse is there, but you don't really know what you have inside. Your potential and internal resources are quite likely wasting away from only partial usage. But never fear! There are many ways for you to take stock of what you have and figure out how to make use of your capabilities.

52-63 The BIG Box of Crayons
Yes, while many of us are limited to twelve or sixteen (or in some cases four) you have access to a whole myriad of shades and colors you can use to express yourself. You know the possibilities and ways to make them happen, but there is always a little more you can do: sharpen the crayon, peel back the paper, even color with the side of the crayon. Learn some new techniques and you can do more than ever before.

64-75 The Inkpot Runneth Over
You and Shakespeare both have it pretty well together. You have a lot of ability for being creative and expressing it. You know a wide variety of ways to access your creativity and means of getting it out when the getting is good. Consider moving to Paris and sitting on the Left Bank, sipping absinthe and writing of your exploits abroad with Ernie and Fitzy.