Are you a Cultural Creative?

This list of statements can give you a rough approximation.* Count the number of statements you agree with.  If you agree with 10 or more statements, then you probably are one.  A higher score increases the odds that you are a Cultural Creative.  You are likely to be a Cultural Creative if you…

  1….love Nature and are deeply concerned about its destruction

  2….are strongly aware of the problems of the whole planet (global warming, destruction of rainforests, overpopulation, lack of ecological sustainability, exploitation of people in poorer countries) and want to see more action on them, such as limiting economic growth

  3….would pay more taxes or pay more for consumer goods if you could know the money would go to clean up the environment and to stop global warming

  4….place a great deal of importance on developing and maintaining your relationships

  5….place a lot of value on helping other people and bringing out their unique gifts

  6….do volunteering for one or more good causes

  7….care intensely about both psychological and spiritual development

  8….see spirituality or religion as important in your life, but are concerned about the role of the Religious Right in politics

  9….want more equality for women at work, and more women leaders in business and politics

10….are concerned about violence and abuse of women and children around the world

11….want our politics and government spending to put more emphasis on children’s education and well-being, on rebuilding our neighborhoods and communities, and on creating an ecologically sustainable future

12….are unhappy with both the Left and the Right in politics, and want a to find a new way that is not in the mushy middle

13….tend to be somewhat optimistic about our future, and distrust the cynical and pessimistic view that is given by the media

14….want to be involved in creating a new and better way of life in our country

15….are concerned about what the big corporations are doing in the name of making more profits:  downsizing, creating environmental problems, and exploiting poorer countries

16….have your finances and spending under control, and are not concerned about overspending

17….dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and “making it,” on getting and spending, on wealth and luxury goods

18….like people and places that are exotic and foreign, and like experiencing and learning about other ways of life.

*Note: This is not a research questionnaire. Rather it is a handy-dandy way of showing some research results to people who may not be good at statistics. These are drawn from items that reliably gave good results in a number of surveys, and a majority are selected items used to identify Cultural Creatives. What I did to produce this was to do a statistical analysis of what the most discriminating findings were, and saw how many it took to give a reliable probability that you are a Cultural Creative. So, if you agree with ten items the odds are 60% that you are one, and agreeing with all 18 items the odds are over 90%. [The survey used 75 classificatory items. Other kinds questionnaire items, not used here, were used to reliably identify Moderns and Traditionals.]