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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


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Creativity and Deviance: The Present State of the Issue in Psychology 227


Meshkova N.V.
PhD in Psychology, Head of the Sector for Academic Journals Development, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Enikolopov S.N.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Clinical Psychology Department, Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia

Creativity is realised in various types of the criminal and deviant behaviour in almost all the spheres of activity. The interest of psychologists in this phenomenon is growing but the issues of the diagnostics of malevolent creativity (MC), predictors of the realisation of original decisions in the behaviour, and the evaluation and examination of negative creativity (NC) remain unresolved. While the results of the MC harm are clear to both the idea generator and the victim, the results of NC cannot always be assessed and examined due to the absence (or the disguise) of the intent to cause harm. The present article aims at reviewing the results of the research of the relationship between creativity and deviance. We provide a review of the types of deviant behaviour in business, science and everyday life situations and the analysis of its predictors. Based on the analysis of the results of the research of prosocial creativity in various branches of psychology, the authors identify the factors that promote the manifestation and inhibition of the relationship between creativity and deviance, and suggest preventive measures for MC and NC. Predictors of MC and NC, diagnostic methods and problems of expertise are analysed. A refined model of the relationship between creativity and deviance is proposed: the psychological characteristics of the leader and implementers, types of the situations of the MC and NC manifestation are expanded. The following factors are highlighted: a) the resistance to negative innovations; b) the factors that affect the assessment and expertise of both one’s own and other’s creativity and deviance.

Keywords: creativity, deviant behaviour, malevolent creativity, creative deviance, the expertise of negative creativity, the model of creativity and deviance

Column: Psychology of Deviant and Criminal Behavior


For Reference


The reported study was funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 19-113-50075.


The authors would like to express their gratitude to V.Yu.Shchinov for the assistance in translating the present article.

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