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Divine Inhibition: Does Thinking about God Make Monotheistic Believers Less Creative?

Krause, V; Goncalo, J; Tadmor, C; (2021) Divine Inhibition: Does Thinking about God Make Monotheistic Believers Less Creative? Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes , 164 158-178`. 10.1016/j.obhdp.2021.03.001. Green open access

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Abstract

As individuals are given wider latitude to openly practice and express their faith at work, it is likely that believers will spend at least part of their working life actively thinking about God. Yet, despite the central role that belief in God plays in people’s lives, research has given little attention to the impact of actively thinking about God on task performance. The current research investigates the relationship between monotheistic believers’ thinking about God and creativity. We conducted six studies using different populations, mixed methods and complementary measures of creativity. Our results, as well as meta-analyses of our experimental data, provide converging evidence that believers are less creative than non-believers and this effect is strengthened when they are actively thinking about God. Thinking about God activates the mindset of passive followership which inhibits the creativity of believers. We discuss potential implications for future research on religiosity, creativity and followership.

Type: Article
Title: Divine Inhibition: Does Thinking about God Make Monotheistic Believers Less Creative?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2021.03.001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2021.03.001
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121540
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