• The upside of our dysfunctions

    The upside of our dysfunctions

    “So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally.” The photo shows Judd Apatow directing his wife, Leslie Mann, on the set of “Knocked Up,” which he also produced and wrote. Other credits include “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” and the acclaimed “Freaks and Geeks” TV […]

  • Getting Past Fear of Failure

    Getting Past Fear of Failure

    By Kenneth W. Christian, Ph.D. Three fears lead directly to underachievement: fear of failure, fear of success, and fear of making a mistake. Any of these fears can paralyze initiative. When all three are working, initiative grinds to a halt. How many of these fears plague you? Usually, we experience some of each. If even […]

  • What Is Power And How Are We Empowered To Create?

    What Is Power And How Are We Empowered To Create?

    One of the themes of this site is looking at ways we compromise our self confidence and authentic inner strength to be creatively expressive, and how we can be more empowered to realize our talents and dreams. So what does this loaded term ‘power’ mean? With events like war and police reactions to protest marchers, […]

  • Martin Seligman on positive psychology and flourishing

    Martin Seligman on positive psychology and flourishing

    From Parade magazine: In his new book, Flourish, positive-psychology guru Martin Seligman looks beyond happiness and asks: How can we create a rich, fulfilling, meaningful life? We spoke with him about what it means to flourish. What’s the difference between flourishing and simply being happy? To have a good life—to flourish—it’s not enough to just […]

  • Eric Maisel on his course "Your Life in the Arts"

    Eric Maisel on his course “Your Life in the Arts”

    Creativity coach, therapist and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD is author of more than 30 books including Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, Coaching the Artist Within and many other titles on developing creativity and a creative life. In his course Your Best Life in the Arts, he provides “real answers to the challenges that confront […]

  • Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

    Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

    Author Susan Cain declares: “Without introverts, the world would be devoid of: the theory of gravity; the theory of relativity; W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming”; Chopin’s nocturnes; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; Peter Pan…” She quotes science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing […]


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  • Artists and activists in a time of war

    Artists and activists in a time of war

    “Protesters held and wore signs demanding impeachment of the president.” [From the Wikipedia page: Movement to impeach George W. Bush.] “A public opinion poll from the American Research Group recently reported that more than four in ten Americans — 45% — favor impeachment hearings for President Bush and more than half — 54% — favored […]

  • Brainwave entrainment: Rest for our teeming mind

    Brainwave entrainment: Rest for our teeming mind

    Many creative and high ability people experience “an abundance of physical, sensual, creative, intellectual and emotional energy that can result in creative endeavours” as giftedness consultant Lesley Sword describes Overexcitabilities. This intensity can drive imagination, intellectual achievement and creative expression – but also lead to overwhelm and stress. One example: actor Sandra Bullock has commented: […]

  • Alia Sabur on not letting anything stop you

    Alia Sabur on not letting anything stop you

    Alia Sabur, at age of 18, was recognized as the youngest college professor in history, breaking a 300-year-old record. She was hired as a professor in the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Konkuk University, in Korea. As profiled in a Today Show bio, “She made the jump to college at age 10. And by […]

  • James Ellroy: "Crazy suppressed s--- came out and blew up in my face."

    James Ellroy: “Crazy suppressed s— came out and blew up in my face.”

    From article “How James Ellroy lost his mind,” The Week, October 8, 2009. In 2001 the best-selling noir novelist had a nervous breakdown while on a book tour. James Ellroy has an intimate knowledge of despair, says Sean Woods in Rolling Stone. In 2001 he was at the top of his professional game, a best-selling […]

  • Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

    Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

    Many gifted writers, actors, designers, entrepreneurs and other talented people achieve a lot, make notable contributions to the world, and gain recognition. But much larger numbers are not acknowledged by others, or even themselves. Author Marylou Kelly Streznewski writes, “Overall, I have concluded that there are large numbers of frustrated gifted adults, who can be […]

  • 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 […]

  • Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

    Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

    We live in stressful times What with all the political, social, economic and personal challenges we face, there is plenty to trigger our anxiety, on multiple levels. But we don’t have to live being driven by the alarm emotions of our primitive lizard brain. In her article Exceptional Times Call for Exceptional Pleasures (on the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Take A Creative Leap

    Take A Creative Leap

    Cynthia Morris is a teacher, creativity coach and author. She says, “It’s my life’s work to help others navigate their creative journeys.” In her article Ways to Take A Creative Leap, she asks “If you were leaping off from where you are now, what would your Creative Leap look like? It may be taking up […]

  • Sinead O'Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

    Sinead O’Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

    On or about April 24, 2012, an announcement was posted on her site www.sinead-oconnor.com that Sinead O’Connor has had to cancel her tour. She posted the following note: “With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder. “As you […]

  • Unconscious decisions and intuition: Tim Burton and neuroscience

    Unconscious decisions and intuition: Tim Burton and neuroscience

    Much of what we do, including our creative motivation and work, comes from or is strongly influenced by subconscious aspects of our mind – our intuition and shadow self, among other concepts. In an interview about his films including the “Alice in Wonderland” (with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp), director Tim Burton commented about his […]

  • Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

    Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci “We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Steve Jobs Commenting about the iPod, Steve Jobs said “Look at the design of a lot of consumer products — they’re really complicated surfaces. We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Michael Gelb is […]

  • Renaissance People Don't Want to Choose Only One Career

    Renaissance People Don’t Want to Choose Only One Career

    Many multitalented people are accomplished and active – even exceptional – in more than one area of creative expression. We read about some of them as celebrated writers, entrepreneurs, scientists, movie directors, actors, painters and other creators. But many more multitalented people are not well-known, or even able, for many reasons, to express their talents. One […]

  • Mary J. Blige on being more happy

    Mary J. Blige on being more happy

    According to a news article, musician Mary J. Blige “loves her fans and, deep down, she knows they love her. But that doesn’t mean all of them want her to be happy. “I had to sacrifice a million fans with this new album,” the singer said in a hushed voice. “I know a lot of […]

  • Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

    Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

    A Science Channel documentary noted the writing of Philip K. Dick inspires research in “physics, robotics, even law enforcement” and that more movies have been made from his stories and novels than any other sci-fi author. “I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my […]

  • Oliver Sacks on music and the brain

    Oliver Sacks on music and the brain

    We engage in creative expression out of many circumstances: a passionate calling to make life more meaningful, or in response to emotional or mental turmoil, or simply a need to earn a living, to survive. In his book “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain,” neurologist Oliver Sacks describes many of the personal and mental […]


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