Why we sing the blues: The relation between self-reflective rumination, mood, and creativity

Paul Verhaeghen, Jutta Joormann, Rodney Khan

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Abstract

Past research has shown that creative behavior is associated with a higher risk for depression. The authors hypothesized that a 3rd underlying factor, namely, self-reflective rumination, may explain the connection. This hypothesis was examined in a sample of 99 undergraduate college students, using path analysis. The authors found that self-reported past depressive symptomatology was linked to increased self-reflective rumination. Rumination, in turn, was related to current symptomatology and to self-rated creative interests and objectively measured creative fluency, originality, and elaboration. No direct link existed between currently depressed mood and either creative interest or creative behavior. These results suggest that the association between depression and creativity is solely the result of rumination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
JournalEmotion
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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