How sarcasm can provoke creativity

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Want to get those creative juices going? Try engaging in some sarcastic repartee. A 2015 study found that making or hearing sarcastic remarks helped participants perform better on creative tests, as it gets people thinking in a more abstract manner. Stepping out of your comfort zone, such as by learning a new skill, can also jolt people into being more creative, study co-author and INSEAD professor Li Huang says. But this shouldn’t come at the cost of psychological safety and trust among teammates.

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