• Creativity and Life: The Thriving Online Conference

    Creativity and Life: The Thriving Online Conference

    The “Science of Thriving: At Work and In Life” online conference featured presentations by more than 20 leading scientists and authors. The Presenters: Presenters include Carol Dweck, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Sian Beilock, Art Markman, Maria Konnikova, Laura Vanderkam, Scott Barry Kaufman and others. From the site: “Finding real happiness and satisfaction in […]

  • Some saw me as a person with rare insight, others thought I was crazy.

    Some saw me as a person with rare insight, others thought I was crazy.

    Those kinds of mixed reactions [in the title] are not so unusual for exceptional, gifted and talented children and adults. “I got that whole precocious thing [as a child]. I had no reason to doubt my own abilities or not share my opinion. The adults were offended, and the kids were resentful. I was persona […]

  • Fear and being creative

    Fear and being creative

    In the Harry Potter books and films, the main characters are often threatened by evil forces, in the form of both human and not so human entities such as Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Author J.K. Rowling says, “I feel very strongly that there is a move to sanitise literature because we’re trying to protect children, […]

  • The Eudaimonic View of Happiness

    The Eudaimonic View of Happiness

    “Acting is what I love to do. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I don’t think of it as work. It’s really fun for me.” Dakota Fanning has also said, “It’s fun to know what I want to do – you know, when I grow up. I have friends who say, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll […]

  • The Edge of Madness: Black Swan and Artistic Expression

    The Edge of Madness: Black Swan and Artistic Expression

    In another outstanding post, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman includes a wide range of material on creativity and mental health. Here is an excerpt: In the movie Black Swan, the ballerina Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman) is asked by the director to “lose herself” in the role of the black swan in the ballet […]

  • Deal With Anxiety To Be More Creative

    Deal With Anxiety To Be More Creative

    “How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” One form of anxiety is so-called writer’s block. This photo is Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the movie “Adaptation” by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can […]


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  • Ian McKellen on being authentic

    Ian McKellen on being authentic

    Our personal identity – and how confident we are with it – can have a huge impact on our esteem and how fully we express our talents. Ian McKellen has commented, “The proposition from Mephistopheles as you sign the agreement that you will become a Hollywood star is that you will lie about yourself. That’s […]

  • Why worry? Does it help us at all?

    Why worry? Does it help us at all?

    A college roommate of mine who was perhaps even more anxiety-prone than I was at the time, once made an offhand comment about life not being much good without worry. An outrageous idea, perhaps, but many of us live years habitually worrying – even with no real threat to be concerned about. If it is […]

  • Dark Chocolate as Antianxiety Drug

    Dark Chocolate as Antianxiety Drug

      Chocolate could have a calming effect on our anxiety. An ounce and a half a day keeps the stress away According to the article Dark Chocolate: The New Antianxiety Drug, by Dr. Mercola, “the use of chocolate as a cure for emotional stress has gotten new support from a clinical trial. The trial found that […]

  • Isaac Asimov: What is intelligence, anyway?

    Isaac Asimov: What is intelligence, anyway?

    Quotes by Isaac Asimov from his article What Is Intelligence, Anyway? All my life I’ve been registering IQ scores like that [160], so that I have the complacent feeling that I’m highly intelligent… Actually, though, don’t such scores simply mean that I am very good at answering the type of academic questions that are considered […]

  • Take Me to Pandora, or The Positive Psychology of Avatar

    Take Me to Pandora, or The Positive Psychology of Avatar

    By Louis Alloro, Positive Psychology News Daily I want to travel to Pandora, the fictional planet depicted in Avatar. I saw James Cameron’s newest film that has rocked box offices since its release in December on I-MAX 3-D and have since been urging friends to run, not walk, to see this movie. The message inherent […]

  • Many talented people use or abuse drugs

    Many talented people use or abuse drugs

    Psychologist and creativity coach/author Eric Maisel, PhD declares: “The artist is often a drug and alcohol abuser. “The challenge for the creative artist stirred by [their] work and dream is to maintain mood equilibrium without resorting to mood-altering drugs. The social environment of the artist makes this challenge doubly difficult.” [From article Counseling Artists: The […]

  • The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

    The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

    “You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” – Abraham Maslow The title for this post comes from the subtitle of Steve Pavlina’s book Personal Development for Smart People. What do these ideas of personal growth and personal development mean? One of the most influential psychologists who defined the human […]

  • Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

    Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

    “Stop being patient and have fun, instead. This is the only real reason there is to pursue your dream.” Lesson One: The Hallmarks of Genius Lesson Two: How Sex and Creativity Connect Lesson Three: How (and Why) to Be Patient Lesson Four: How to Manage Rejection Lesson Five: A Great Way to Cut Expenses Lesson […]

  • Too Much to Contain - Intensity and Creativity

    Too Much to Contain – Intensity and Creativity

    Joss Whedon (writer, producer, director: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, The Avengers etc) received the 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard. In his acceptance speech, he talked about discovering existentialism as a teenager from seeing Steven Spielberg’s movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” “Literally, I just had an epiphany,” Whedon […]

  • Highly creative people have brains similar to those with schizophrenia

    Highly creative people have brains similar to those with schizophrenia

    Research provides more neuroscientific explanation for the potential links between mental health and mental illness to creativity. A press release reports: “By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at Karolinska Institute have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with […]

  • Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

    Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

    “The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.” Kurt Vonnegut To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness – even to make the choice to do something creative. And realizing our […]

  • Are self-help books worth it?

    Are self-help books worth it?

    Books can be valuable tools for self-understanding and change, but are they always worth the investment of time and money? One of the top selling self-help titles has been “Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!” by Anthony Robbins. In their Scientific American Mind article […]

  • Morty Lefkoe on recognizing self-limiting beliefs

    Morty Lefkoe on recognizing self-limiting beliefs

    Morty Lefkoe notes how much power beliefs have to affect our actions, identity and esteem. He describes his therapeutic approach to eliminate the beliefs that cause our behavioral and emotional patterns. “All meaning is in our minds.  All beliefs are merely the meaning we assign to what we observe.  Before I explain how this axiom […]

  • George Vaillant on Meaning - find your purpose with your heart & mind

    George Vaillant on Meaning – find your purpose with your heart & mind

    George Vaillant, MD, author of a number of books including Spiritual Evolution, notes in his Positive Psychology News Daily article, “If we are to find meaning in life, we must pay as much mind to our limbic ‘hearts’ as to our neocortical cognitions. “Our positive emotions evoke thought-action tendencies in humans that broaden human attachment […]


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