If you find your acerbic wit and sarcasm isn't to the liking of those around, simply point out the fact to a 2015 study by the Harvard Business School that says sarcasm is directly linked to creativity.

Researcher Francesca Gino initiated the study to determine if sarcasm can act as a catalyst for creativity and diverse thinking in a workplace for both its recipients and those who dole it out.

As Gino explains it, the process is relatively straightforward. "To create or decode sarcasm, both the expressers and recipients of sarcasm need to overcome the contradiction (i.e., psychological distance) between the literal and actual meanings of the sarcastic expressions. This is a process that activates and is facilitated by abstraction, which in turn promotes creative thinking."

The study's co-author, Adam Galinsky of Columbia Business School, said that those "in the sarcasm conditions subsequently performed better on creativity tasks than those in the sincere conditions or the control condition. This suggests that sarcasm has the potential to catalyze creativity in everyone."

And they say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. EXACTLY.


Via Harvard.edu