The temperament framework first written about by David Keirsey, and later more fully explored and explained by Linda Berens provides significant insight into what’s up for people to engage. Each energy pattern has its own drive. I’ve worked with this frame for years helping folks gain understanding so they can leverage people’s strengths as well as to broaden people’s scope around creativity.
What motivates each is quite unique:
How Temperament Influences Creativity
Becoming aware of temperament patterns and gives you freedom to choose, act, generate and consider many different viewpoints. It’s a gift to the creativity equation—four sources of new ideas, four sources of imagination, and four kinds of new decisions. This frame also helps you anticipate and appreciate the creativity of others. We’re not all the same.
Catalysts use new ideas and make new decisions to:
Champion a cause, encourage others, unify diverse factions, improve relationships, inspire others, revitalize morale, interpret trends from a human dimension, empathize with others, develop human potential, seek common ground, mediate disputes.
They want to make a difference in meaningful ways. Their creativity serves to synthesize and harmonize how people working together and maximize output.
Stabilizers use new ideas and make new decisions to:
Assess situations for safety and security, sequence processes, get the right amount to the right people and not the wrong amount to the wrong people, enforce rules, stabilize chaos, specify resources, protect group accord and progress, organize people and things, make plans more efficient.
Stabilizers effectively structure and standardize to maximize group cohesion minimize chaos.
Theorists use new ideas and make new decisions to:
Analyze systems, build prototypes, define challenges, search for systemic inefficiencies, design models, conceptualize potentials, classify competencies, question ideas, forecast, explore probabilities, envision futures, hypothesize, deduce rudiments of global truths, invent strategies.
They name the variables, systems, and ideas used to model theories for consideration.
Improvisers use new ideas and make new decisions to:
Adapt to the needs of a situation, perform with skill and panache, negotiate agreements, entertain others through speech and action, make things happen, respond to the needs of the moment, troubleshoot, vary applications.
Source: A Quick Guide to the Four Temperaments and Creativity: a psychological understanding of innovation.
Bottom line: Four different motivations for creating. Which is yours?