• Can self-doubt be a good thing?

    Can self-doubt be a good thing?

    Some people in positions of power or with celebrity status, such as high profile actors and entertainers, can develop an overblown sense of their importance and abilities. Brad Pitt once admitted, “We are treated as special. We get away with things that other people can’t. And you start to believe the lie that you are […]

  • Constraints and Creativity

    Constraints and Creativity

    One of the basic concepts about the creative process is that it involves generation of many ideas, followed by analytic selection, then implementation. Idea generation may be very “loose” and unrestrained – even fantastical and not necessarily tied to normal reality. In my earlier post Creative Thinking and Schizophrenia, I wrote a little about the […]

  • Making good use of your quarter-life crisis

    Making good use of your quarter-life crisis

    “At twenty-five, I was a television literary agent.. I had an office with a view, an assistant, an expense account, power lunches, clients, and business cards… From the outside, my life looked great… There was just one problem: I was absolutely miserable.” Christine Hassler The big questions of vocation, identity, relationships, how we use our […]

  • Nurturing Our Self-Esteem - Part 2

    Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 2

     {Continued from Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 1} Here is a video overview. (At the end it says “See related article” – that is the article below.) ~ ~ Why be concerned about self-esteem? At the beginning of Part 1, psychologist Nathaniel Branden was quoted about it being “the single most important factor for a […]

  • Developing Multiple Talents - The Pleasures of Creative Polymathy

    Developing Multiple Talents – The Pleasures of Creative Polymathy

    Many, if not most, creative people are multitalented and explore a variety of interests in different forms of creative expression. Among the purposes of the Talent Development Resources series of sites is celebrating multitalented creative people, and exploring how they realize those many talents. In his post “That’s DR. Winnie to you: A New Child […]

  • 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, […]


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  • Fireflies and a positive side to the Lucifer effect

    Fireflies and a positive side to the Lucifer effect

    In a Positive Psychology News Daily article, Derrick Carpenter writes about experiencing a firefly: “Its body flashed, emitting a gorgeous amber light… I was instantly reminded of innocent and perfect childhood summers.” He goes on to write about Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo who discussed research presented in his book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good […]

  • Kathryn Bigelow: Not a female filmmaker, but a filmmaker, period.

    Kathryn Bigelow: Not a female filmmaker, but a filmmaker, period.

    Kathryn Bigelow just became winner of the first Academy Award ever presented to a female director, for her outstanding Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker. In an interview about her work as writer-director of Blue Steel (1989), Bigelow noted, “If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an […]

  • Where are the teen role models?

    Where are the teen role models?

    In the movie “Nancy Drew,” the heroine (played with style and grace by Emma Roberts) engages and celebrates her intuitive and intellectual abilities as a teen sleuth, and comes to accept the fact she is exceptional, and does not fit in with her high school peers concerned with cliques, clothes and crushes. Yes, it is […]

  • James Bond, Ian Fleming, Daniel Craig and Alcohol

    James Bond, Ian Fleming, Daniel Craig and Alcohol

    The creator of the James Bond stories, Ian Fleming, reportedly “loved drinking gin – sometimes a bottle a day – but was converted to bourbon at the suggestion of his doctor who thought it might be marginally less damaging for his health.” From James Bond: 10 facts about 007 and drink. Another news story reports […]

  • Photographer Irving Penn

    Photographer Irving Penn

    Portrait of Pablo Picasso by Irving Penn | 1917-2009 Irving Penn “didn’t worry about questions of art versus commerce,” said Colin Westerbeck, a former photography curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, which owns a large collection of Penn’s work. “Photography is a mass medium available to anyone. A few geniuses, like Irving Penn, redeem […]

  • Aren't All Creative People Multitalented?

    Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented?

    They may be identified with one form of creativity – such as writing or acting, one of the visual arts, or performing music – but so many creative people work in multiple ways, in more than one area of expression. And they may not even think it is extraordinary to be so multifaceted. In his […]

  • Dealing with self-criticism

    Dealing with self-criticism

    Criticism saps our passion for life “Certain basic doubts keep Colin from enjoying a truly comfortable sense of superiority.” In a series of podcasts adapted from his book Toxic Criticism, Eric Maisel, PhD talks about how “criticism and self-criticism interfere with our ability to find our life purpose and live as strongly, passionately, and effectively […]

  • Carol Dweck on developing creative talent

    Carol Dweck on developing creative talent

    Carol S. Dweck, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. She writes in an issue of the Duke Gifted Letter about attitudes toward giftedness and developing creative talent: *  Some people are born gifted, and others are not. * You can tell who will be gifted from early on. * Gifted children should […]

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality

    Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high) notes creative people are especially complex. “Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.” Personality characteristics he describes include: * Humble and proud, both painfully self-doubting and wildly self-confident. * May defy gender stereotypes, and are likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but […]

  • Michael Jackson and Dabrowski Excitabilities

    Michael Jackson and Dabrowski Excitabilities

    Psychomotor Overexcitability is a “surplus of energy, pressure for action, restlessness, impulsive actions, competitiveness, sleeplessness.” Stephanie Tolan notes the original Polish word can be translated more literally as “superstimulatabilities” and “involves not just psychological factors but central nervous system sensitivity.” Michael Jackson exemplified a number of these qualities as a singer and dancer. See video and more […]

  • Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

    Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

    “It was just a story I wanted to tell. Writing it was an expression of my own coming out. Getting it out there was willpower, feeling this is a universal story about identity and it has to be told.” Writer and director Dee Rees is referring to her movie “Pariah” – about a lesbian teenager […]

  • Why We Don't Create

    Why We Don’t Create

    “To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” Screenwriter ‘Charlie Kaufman’ (Nicolas Cage) in the movie “Adaptation” – written by the real Charlie Kaufman about some of his own creative anxieties. Cynthia Morris is a writer, writing coach, teacher, and speaker. She provides a wide range of […]

  • Performance anxiety: Biofeedback relieves stage fright

    Performance anxiety: Biofeedback relieves stage fright

    By Cat Robson When I was acting, I had recurring nightmares of being in unknown plays without a clue of my role, and paralyzing real-life panic right before the curtain came up. Many talented musicians, actors, speakers and others experience performance anxiety, often called stage fright. A new study shows that biofeedback can be highly […]

  • Video: Our High Sensitivity Personality

    Video: Our High Sensitivity Personality

    This trait of high sensitivity nurtures our creativity and social activism, but also brings challenges. Psychologist Elaine Aron and others describe it as a more finely tuned nervous system. She explains, “It means you are aware of subtleties in your surroundings, a great advantage in many situations. It also means you are more easily overwhelmed…” […]

  • Personal Growth Ideas in Positive Psychology

    Personal Growth Ideas in Positive Psychology

    In her article Nature and Nocturnal Themes in Positive Psychology, Iris Marie Bloom [Positive Psychology News Daily] relates some of the personal development values in this new orientation of psychology. She notes the research and writing of Norman Doidge focuses on neuroplasticity. Bloom explains, “Every thought we think, every feeling we feel, and every action […]

  • Nicole Kidman: high ability and complexity

    Nicole Kidman: high ability and complexity

    “You live with a lot of complicated emotions as an actor, and they whirl around you and create havoc at times… I’m willing to fly close to the flame.” Nicole Kidman “Creatively gifted children and adults are emotionally intense and have rich inner lives…It is natural for the gifted to feel deeply and to experience […]


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