• Eric Maisel on anxiety and developing creativity

    Eric Maisel on anxiety and developing creativity

    “Only a small percentage of creative people work as often or as deeply as, by all rights, they might be expected to work. “What stops them? Anxiety or some face of anxiety like doubt, worry, or fear… anxiety is the great silencer of the creative person.” Therapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD. He also […]

  • Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

    Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

    Many artists express ideas about developing creativity that can be helpful to other creative people. Here are a few examples. Max Ehrman From LOVE IS IN THE AEROSOL, Text by Denise Kitt, SOMA magazine. When artist Max Ehrman is not completing privately commissioned works, he is zealously spray painting the walls of start-up companies in […]

  • Forgetting who you are as a creative person

    Forgetting who you are as a creative person

    In an edition of her newsletter, creativity coach Jenna Avery had a thoughtful section on getting distracted away from our identity and creative vision. Here is an excerpt: When artists and writers forget who they are   As a sensitive, creative, thoughtful writer, artist, or entrepreneur it’s easy to forget who you are and what […]

  • Ten ideas on how to be more creative

    Ten ideas on how to be more creative

    Perspectives of creativity coaches, psychologists and artists on how to develop creativity. Also view on Slideshare: Ten ideas on how to be more creative from Douglas Eby Also see PDF at Scribd ~~~ Related articles 10 Practices from the Most Innovative Organizations Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative The Creative Personality Type: Paradoxes of […]

  • Einstein, Elijah Wood and Other Non-conformists

    Einstein, Elijah Wood and Other Non-conformists

    Lauren Bacall and her husband ‘Bogie’ often entertained their show-business friends at their home. Bacall was voted “den mother” of what became known as the Holmby Hills Rat Pack. She wrote in her autobiography: “In order to qualify, one had to be addicted to nonconformity, staying up late, drinking, laughing, and not caring what anyone […]

  •  Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative

    Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative

    Do you remember how much you felt and thought as a child? Probably a lot, especially if you were gifted and creative. As an adult, we may have learned to cover up or set aside much of our inner life, in order to get along with others and do our jobs. But if we want […]


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  • A bit of existential comedy: the movie "Rubber"

    A bit of existential comedy: the movie “Rubber”

    Lieutenant Chad [addressing the camera / movie audience]: “In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. “In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. “In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. “In the […]

  • Beethoven and Stress Induced Growth

    Beethoven and Stress Induced Growth

    Two of the themes of positive psychology that make the field relevant are resilience and thriving: how some people not only endure but transcend even devastating hardships to find new strengths and continue to realize their talents. In an article, Paul Pearsall, PhD writes: “In 1801, at age 31, Ludwig van Beethoven had become suicidal. He […]

  • 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 […]

  • Arianna Huffington on taking control of our negative self-talk

    Arianna Huffington on taking control of our negative self-talk

    In an article of hers, Arianna Huffington comments about how destructive and self-limiting our inner critic can be. Here are some excerpts: “If we can’t completely stop playing the comparison game, we can at least start changing whom we compare ourselves to… When we do this, we are sure to tap into our reserves of […]

  • Growing a false self

    Growing a false self

    In his article How We Become Who We Are Not [from his book The Mandala of Being], Richard Moss, MD outlines the dynamics we may experience in learning to be someone who is not our authentic self. “How do children come to believe that they are indispensable to their parents’ well-being,” he writes, “and that […]

  • Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story

    Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story

    Rachel Weisz: Everyone walking around the planet is the hero of their own story. Mike Myers: And they can justify to themselves every action that they make. Sidney Lumet said in his book [Making Movies], “Freaks are not the freaks we think they are. We are much more connected to the most outrageous behavior than […]


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