Creativity can be considered as a positive characteristic that enables its possessor to see and experience things, people, and the world, in an original and imaginative way. A creative person has a very personal vision of everything he/she comes into contact with, and therefore does not follow the common way of thinking or behaving. The creative individual perceives the links between things that most people donít see; the rules established and generally accepted by the majority are overcome to be replaced by a very personal contribution. A creative person is not necessarily an inventor. He/she does not always introduces new elements, usually it means proposing alternatives to what already exists. Creativity remains a complex concept to define in detail because it can be expressed in any field and in very different ways. However a creative mind tends to manifest itself in any area it gets involved in, since itís not an object that arouses a creative process but the mind itself that operates on its thought patterns and uncommon connections.

1 - You are doing a job that requires the application of a series of precise rules, but which could also be carried out in a different way. What do you do?
Carefully follow the rules step by step to avoid any mistakes
Follow the rules but in the meantime think of a way to improve the process
Forget the rules, invent your own system and put it into practice

2 - What do you do when you face something new for the first time, for example, an object you have never seen or used before?
Ask someone how to use it or read the operating instructions
Take a look at it and imagine how it could be used
Try it out immediately to see what it can do and how

3 - Faced with an unexpected practical problem you have never faced before, how do you react?
Ask for help right away from others who have already faced that kind of problem
Think about it a bit and then search for information about it
Study the situation by searching for the causes and solutions

4 - You are talking with someone about a specific topic and at some point he/she starts digressing with his/her own thoughts and very personal ideas. You:
Are irritated and stop the discussion
Bring the person back to the main subject and try to find a way to connect them
Listen to the person digressing with interest and curiosity

5 - What kind of gift would you prefer among the following?
An object that has a practical use
An extravagant and pleasant which is not, however, practical
An object you made yourself, even if itís not beautiful or particularly useful
A dedication, a story or a poem written especially for you

6 - Bad weather causes boredom and ruins your plans. What do you think about it?
In fact, itís a real pain!
Normally it does, but not always
Not necessarily, it sometimes produces new opportunities
Why? And why call it "bad weather"? It doesnít harm anyone...

7 - You are asked whether you want to get involved in new outdoor activities you've never heard of. It seems this is something different. How do you react?
No thanks, I donít want to take unnecessary risks
Before accepting you ask numerous clarifying questions
You allow yourself to be asked a few times, then accept
You accept immediately; you cannot wait to try!

8 - In order to gain a first impression of new people you mainly rely on:
What they tell me about themselves
What they tell me about themselves and what others say about them
What my feelings and intuition are telling me
You prefer not to think about them specifically, you let things happen by themselves

9 - When you see something strange, particular, or unusual:
You prefer to keep at a distance, you never know...
You stop to observe but prefer to keep at a distance
You are fascinated by it
You move closer, observe and focus on the feelings it gives you

10 - Do you ever get ideas just before going to sleep?
No, when I go to bed I fall asleep immediately
Rarely, I donít think much before going to bed
Yes, sometimes it happens
Often, and I sometimes lose sleep!

11 - How important are the opinions of others to you?
Very important, I keep them in high regard
Reasonably, but they still remain points of view
It depends on the circumstances; generally, not very much
Not much, unless they are extraordinary views

12 - Being free means:
Not having to work!
Having time to devote to your passions
Being free is a state of mind that is independent of external conditions
Everyone has a very personal concept of freedom

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