'Messy' and 'Cluttered' Individuals are Actually Creative Geniuses

Dec 09, 2015 04:56 AM EST | By abbie uychiat

Most individuals would assume that a messy, cluttered room is being linked to laziness. We would have to take into consideration however that messy and cluttered is different from "dirty."

Though these words would usually be linked to a negative impression, a research conducted by Kathleen Vohs, PhD, of the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management, does not think so. As per Vohs, being messy is actually being linked to being creative and being a productive genius.

The researchers divided a group of 48 participants in which they were asked to "utilize a ping pong ball." The first group was placed on a tidy room, while the other one was placed in a cluttered room.

They then came into conclusion that:

  • Being in a messy room led to something that firms, industries and societies want more of: creativity.
  • Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.
  • Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.

As to their conclusion, it was implied that being disorganized is being linked to high intelligence levels. The Elite Daily website cited numerous personas that are messy in nature such as Albert Einstein, Roald Dahl, and JK Rowling.

Huffington Post then added that messy individuals are actually "creative geniuses. " As per John Haltiwager of Elite Daily, he stated that a chaotic work space is not equivalent to a chaotic mind.

"We live in a very formulaic and predictable world ... Society perpetually seeks to maintain order, in every sense of the word, But it's all an illusion."

The website then added that messy individuals would often find inspiration in chaos and clutter. It was also cited that being messy means being care free, which means one does not easily give in to pressure, nor clings to maintain his or her status quo.

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