Current Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 469–485 | Cite as

A Theoretical and Critical Examination on the Relationship between Creativity and Morality

  • Wangbing ShenEmail author
  • Yuan YuanEmail author
  • Baoshu YiEmail author
  • Chang LiuEmail author
  • Huijia Zhan


The relationship between creativity and morality is not only a key theme in creative psychology and moral psychology but also a central issue regarding individual differences in creativity. Based on our well-described definitions of morality and creativity, the current work systemically assesses three main viewpoints on this issue, namely that there is a positive correlation between the two constructs, that there is no correlation between the two constructs, and that there is a negative correlation between the two constructs, through reviewing studies scattered across multiple disciplines. We then draw an evidence-based conclusion that a positive association exists between creativity and morality by critically examining and integrating relevant empirical studies. We also discuss the potential implications of these findings for integrative training and for the fostering of creativity and morality in conjunction with several future research directions.


Morality Creativity Moral personality Culture 


Compliance with Ethical Standards


The study was funded by Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31500870), the fourth high-level personnel training project in Jiangsu province, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2017B14514, 2014B15314).

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors. The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial/financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied Psychology and School of Public AdministrationHohai UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.School of Rehabilitation ScienceNanjing Normal University of Special EducationNanjingChina
  3. 3.School of Foreign StudiesAnhui Agricultural UniversityHefeiChina
  4. 4.School of Psychology and Laboratory of Cognitive NeuroscienceNanjing Normal UniversityNanjingChina
  5. 5.Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and TechnologyZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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