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Living Abroad Makes You More Creative


Could this be true?

Is it true that if you study Spanish in Buenos Aires, you are actually not only increasing your language skills but improving your creative capabilities?

According to an article written by a journalist at the Economist, a  well-known and highly reputable magazine, it actually does.

Here is what the article claims:

From a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a test was given to measure creativity between 155 American business students and 55 foreign students studying in America.

Students were given one candle, some matches and a box of drawing pins and each asked to attach the candle to a cardboard wall so that the wax would not drip on the floor.  60% of students who were living abroad or had lived abroad completed the task, whereas only 42% of those who had never lived abroad did so.

Another test where 72 Americans and 36 foreigners were asked to try out their negotiating skills, two students paired at a time, found the same results. When both negotiators had lived abroad, the negotiating success was at 70%, when neither of the negotiators had lived abroad, there was 0% success.

~At the end of these tests, results were based on the fact that people who live abroad are actually more creative in the sense of openness to new experiences, the ability to adapt, and the ability to solve problems.~

Living abroad is often described as one of the most ‘eye-opening’ and interesting experiences that one can have, exposing you to a myriad of new experiences and often challenges. I suppose it really is safe to say that with evidence as such, it is no wonder that living abroad increases your creative capability.

Some of the most creative minds in history are also linked to lives spent abroad, such as Picasso, Charles Darwin, and Ernest Hemmingway.

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