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Creative Types More Likely To Cheat And Lie

Are you a member of the creative class? Well, you may be more likely to take a few liberties with the truth and to cut a few more corners than your less-creative cohorts.

Creativity comes with a dark side, according to a new Duke University behavioral economics study. The researchers had study participants ranging from the very creative to the not-as-creative do some group exercises intended to make them think outside the box (ugh, I hate this phrase too, but I've only had one cup of coffee this morning so I apologize). The results showed that the most creative people were more likely to cheat, lie, justify their unethical behavior, and then feel all kinds of good about it. Sort of like a Duke defensive player faking a charge inside the key. Boo-ya!



So is creativity in the workplace a bad thing? No, say the researchers, but managers might want to pay closer attention for overly-inventive corner-cutting and over-the-top imaginative explanations on everything from time cards to mileage sheets to the leeway given in negotiating with a client because it turns out the entire creative class is one sneaky little bastard. One wonders what Richard Florida will think.

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