The Effects of Personality and Modeling of Behaviors in Malevolent Forms of Creativity

Open Access
Tripi, Christin Marie
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Samuel Todd Hunter, Thesis Supervisor
  • Melvin Michael Mark, Faculty Reader
  • Richard Alan Carlson, Honors Advisor
  • Psychology
  • Creativity
  • Malevolence
The traditional view of creativity has held that creativity is beneficial, or benevolent. In contrast to the constructive forms of creativity we are most familiar with, is the darker and more destructive side of the creative process. The intended use of creativity to negative ends has been formally referred to as malevolent creativity. This study examines malevolent creativity in 173 participants using an online survey. Concepts from traditional creativity research provided important insights into the creative person and process. Combined, these areas of research facilitated a framework for examining how the malevolent and creative person, converge. The key personality traits and situations that foster malevolent forms of creativity are discussed.