• The Gifted Ex-Child

    The Gifted Ex-Child

    +-*Qualities of giftedness show up early in life and continue as an adult – characteristics such as being perfectionistic; persevering with interests; being an avid reader; having a vivid imagination and persistent curiosity; being highly sensitive and other traits. [See Self-tests : giftedness / high ability.] [Also see page on site of Deborah Ruf, PhD: […]

  • Being Kind to Our Creative Self

    Being Kind to Our Creative Self

    +-*Many talented and creative people are self-critical, don’t take care of their physical and emotional health or self-care needs enough, and in other ways limit how much they can express their creative ideas.  Creativity coach Lisa Riley offers a number of simple but powerful suggestions: It’s common for artists and creative professionals to be their […]

  • 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, […]

  • Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

    Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

    +-*In his post Why Daydreamers Are More Creative, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD covers a number of fascinating topics relating to the creative mind, and he explains, “Latent inhibition is a filtering mechanism that we share with other animals…[and] involves the ability to consider something as relevant even if it was previously tagged as […]

  • You are weird

    You are weird

    +-*By Morty Lefkoe All of you who read my blog posts and who signed up on my website to eliminate a limiting belief are “weird,” according to best-selling author and popular blogger Seth Godin. Why would he apply that term to you? Seth uses the term “weird” to describe anyone who is not “normal,” in […]

  • 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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  • Kirsten Dunst and Dealing With Depression

    Kirsten Dunst and Dealing With Depression

    +-*“I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life. And if they don’t, that’s weird.” Kirsten Dunst From an article by Josh Patner in Flare magazine, which continues: Dunst speaks from experience: In 2008, she checked into a rehab center in Utah to be treated for crippling depression. Things started […]

  • Impostor phenomenon: Gerard Butler - "Have I ever thought I was a fraud? Maybe 18 hours a day."

    Impostor phenomenon: Gerard Butler – “Have I ever thought I was a fraud? Maybe 18 hours a day.”

    +-*These quotes by Gerard Butler are from Erik Hedegaard’s profile, Gerry the Sinner / Gerry the Saint, Men’s Journal, April 2010. That I got through all that I got through to be where I am, it doesn’t make sense — this kind of lost soul studying law in Scotland and then moving to London with […]

  • Living authentically takes guts

    Living authentically takes guts

    +-*“The most courageous thing a person can do is to live an authentic life.” Terri Amos, a spiritual coach, also thinks “We are all worthy of living fully with overflowing abundance. If you don’t believe this for yourself, then I ask that you look at your limiting beliefs… and let me tell you, we all […]

  • Brit Marling: "A pull between art and commerce"

    Brit Marling: “A pull between art and commerce”

    +-*“It’s so true that now if you want to be an artist you have to be an entrepreneur too.” Brit Marling From interview by Susan Sarandon, the lab magazine [photo by Hilary Walsh]. Here are a couple of ventures I have come across to help creative people be more successful as entrepreneurs: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the founder […]

  • Didn't you used to be gifted?

    Didn’t you used to be gifted?

    +-*“The natural trajectory of giftedness in childhood is not a six-figure salary, perfect happiness, and a guaranteed place in Who’s Who.” Linda Silverman – in her book Counseling the Gifted and Talented. In her keynote address The Universal Experience of Being Out-of-Sync, Linda Silverman, Ph.D. argues that giftedness should not be defined as simply high […]

  • 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 […]

  • Developing Creativity In The Zone

    Developing Creativity In The Zone

    +-*“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” That is a brief description of the state of flow, also called “being in the zone,” as described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high), who says we can […]

  • Anxiety and body reactions

    +-*From article: Causes of Panic Attacks, by Joe Barry McDonagh. Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. All of its effects are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Thus, the sole purpose of anxiety is to protect the individual from harm. When confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to […]

  • Norah Jones on sensitivity and criticism

    Norah Jones on sensitivity and criticism

    +-*In addition to helping fuel creativity and a richer experience of life, being highly sensitive can make us more vulnerable to self-criticism (and other issues). Elaine Aron, PhD writes about one source or form of this, and how it impacts self-esteem: “Are you often stuck in ranking? Then you are often undervaluing yourself. It’s natural.” […]

  • Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit?

    Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit?

    +-*By Cat Robson What are some of the considerations that lead sensitive and gifted adults to take psychiatric medications? What are some of the reasons people stop taking medications? What are the alternatives? My inner life, and sometimes my outer life, is painful/chaotic/confusing. The DSM symptoms list for certain mental illnesses seem to fit me […]

  • Anger and creativity

    Anger and creativity

    +-*Actor and Singer/songwriter Melora Hardin said in our interview: “Anger is the best propeller for any kind of action, it really gets you moving. It’s a good thing. A healthy thing. “But I also think a lot of people — like some songwriters I interact with — get really caught in the trap of feeling […]

  • Perfectionism and Brene Brown on The Gifts of Imperfection

    Perfectionism and Brene Brown on The Gifts of Imperfection

    +-*Perfectionism can be an unhealthy way to try to satisfy distorted ego needs or defuse shame or low self-esteem, for example – but it is a simple name for what can be a complex set of drives and attitudes that can also fuel our pursuit of excellence and motivate social change. Hilary Swank: “The great […]

  • Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity

    Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity

    +-*Wunderkind, genius, prodigy. Freak, geek, nerd. How we label exceptional people and ourselves affects our identity and what we think about the reality and value of our talents, and the possibilities of expressing them in the world. One of the most positive experiences for me in high school was my friendship with an artist (painter, […]


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