• 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Creative Artist Issues: Audio Interview with Dr. Cheryl Arutt

    Creative Artist Issues: Audio Interview with Dr. Cheryl Arutt

    Dr. Cheryl Arutt is a clinical psychologist, specializing in creative artist issues and other topics. She is also a forensic and media consultant. Topics in our audio interview include high sensitivity, regulating disruptive feelings, destructiveness vs creativity, pain and creativity, being unconventional vs rebellion against the self, the fight-or-flight response, and other issues which can […]

  • 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 […]


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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Don't you have to be an artist to be creative?

    Don’t you have to be an artist to be creative?

    Years ago, I interviewed a producer who was certain she was not creative, even though she was helping solve many problems associated with making movies. Maybe one reason people think they are not creative is that we are given so many examples in school and the media of eminent, big name artists and creators who […]

  • Robert Pattinson, Salvador Dalí, introversion, shyness and sensitive people

    Robert Pattinson, Salvador Dalí, introversion, shyness and sensitive people

    Shyness may look like introversion or high sensitivity, and they may overlap with each other, but are distinct experiences. Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD notes shyness “is learned, not innate” and the trait of high sensitivity “is often mislabeled as introversion.” She writes in an edition of her newsletter that “HSPs [highly sensitive people] are so similar to […]

  • Mindfulness for stress and anxiety, and for advanced living

    Mindfulness for stress and anxiety, and for advanced living

    In his article “One Approach to Apply Immediately When Stress is Affecting Your Professional and Personal Life!“, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. writes : “Mindfulness is the ability to intentionally paying attention to the present moment without our filters of judgment (e.g., good/bad, right/wrong, fair/unfair). “In other words, it is the art of cultivating the ability to […]

  • Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

    Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

    There are many concepts about how to develop creativity in corporations and individuals, starting at an early age. Here are a few key ideas from several sources: ~ ~ ~ Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Creativity is a Decision: Keys to Developing Creativity in Children and Adults By Wesley Fryer. These are my […]

  • The gifted adult personality - too much for others?

    The gifted adult personality – too much for others?

    In her article Giftedness in the workplace (on her Talent Psychology site), Dr. Mary E. Jacobsen writes about some of the social challenges of being exceptional and intense, including high ability adults not understanding their own minds and unique characteristics. “No matter how brilliant they may be, gifted adults who have received inaccurate or scant […]

  • Painter Amadea Bailey: Making Order Out of Chaos

    Painter Amadea Bailey: Making Order Out of Chaos

    In my interview with Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. – titled The Psychology of Creativity: redeeming our inner demons – he commented “Creativity is one of humankind’s healthiest inclinations, one of our greatest attributes.” He declares in his book, “Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity” that our impulse to […]

  • Psychic Ability, Sensitivity, Creativity

    Psychic Ability, Sensitivity, Creativity

    I don’t have any particular psychic ability, but am fascinated by it, and appreciate the more sympathetic depictions in movies such as “Hereafter” directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Cécile De France and Matt Damon as a professional psychic. It’s a word that has a wide range of associations, including some pretty negative or dismissive ones. […]

  • Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Ayn Rand on why creating is its own reward

    Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Ayn Rand on why creating is its own reward

    Seeing the movie “The Fountainhead” for the first time was thrilling. The central character of architect Howard Roark is an almost aggressively individualistic, self-directed, self-contained artist, played with assured brio by Gary Co0per. As usual in his films, a heroic mensch. The movie gave me a stronger sense of hope it was possible to be […]

  • Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

    Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

    Playing most of his screen characters, Will Smith exudes assurance and confidence. But he admits: “I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.” [From my article Talented, But Insecure.] In his article I work to build self-confidence in myself and others, entrepreneur Stephen Pierce […]


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