Creativity, communication and relationship satisfaction: the form and function of creativity in close romantic relationships

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As a component of daily life, creativity impacts the quality of relationships both professional and personal. While ample attention has been given to the productive aspects of creativity in the workplace, no research can be found that effectively recognizes the role of creativity in close interpersonal relationships. This presentation will summarize the results of an exploratory study designed to document forms of creativity in close romantic relationships and provide initial indications of the affect that creativity has on those relationships. Results indicated that relationship partners were able to identify behaviors that they regarded as creative and uncreative within play and problem solving contexts in their romantic relationship. The findings will be discussed with regard to the relational implications that creative communication (or lack thereof) may hold for romantic relationships.


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