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Schizotypy: A creative advantage?

Holt, Nicola J


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Nicola Holt
Associate Professor in Psychology


Oliver Mason

Gordon Claridge


Considering different types of creativity and different traits of schizotypy, this chapter reviews the evidence for a link between the two. It is argued that there are multiple connections between schizotypy and creativity, some direct and some indirect, some potentially facilitating creativity, and others inhibiting it. Ultimately, a dual-factor model is proposed, where positive schizotypy plus adaptive factors (such as intelligence and resilience) best predict creativity (especially in the arts). However, further research is required to specify parameters and mechanisms.


Holt, N. J. (2015). Schizotypy: A creative advantage?. In O. Mason, & G. Claridge (Eds.), Schizotypy: New Dimensions (197-214). Oxford: Routledge

Publication Date Jun 11, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 197-214
Series Title Behavioural Science Research Monographs Series: Advances in Mental Health Research
Book Title Schizotypy: New Dimensions
ISBN 9780415722032
Keywords schizotypy, creativity, mental health, personality, arts, well-being
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