• Creative collaboration

    Creative collaboration

    The wry and witty TV comedy series “30 Rock” (starring and created by Tina Fey) often features scenes in the writers room for the fictional variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Actor Keith Powell (at left in photo) plays the stuffy, Harvard-educated writer James “Toofer” Spurlock. He sat in on the real “30 Rock” writers room […]

  • What’s wrong with goal-setting?

    What’s wrong with goal-setting?

    By Kenneth W. Christian, Ph.D. Listen folks. Talking about goals won’t get you there any more than going to church will get you to heaven. If you do not passionately believe in where you are going, don’t give goal-setting a bad name by using the word goal to describe listless me-too-ism. A goal has to […]

  • Unrecognized Giftedness and Identity

    Unrecognized Giftedness and Identity

    By Cat Robson Embracing our identity as gifted and talented is not easy for many of us to do. Why is this so tough? What beliefs about giftedness get in our way? What leads to unrecognized giftedness for so many people? In his article “How to Charm Gifted Adults into Admitting Giftedness: Their Own and Somebody […]

  • Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

    Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

    “Something really vital happens if we treat the things that give us the most joy and delight – like, say, our creative abilities – as gifts…” – Jericha Senyak In her thoughtful and stimulating post “I is for Imagination” artist Jericha Senyak writes about some posts on my blog The Creative Mind, that they “seem […]

  • Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette on High Sensitivity

    Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette on High Sensitivity

    “Self-Care for the Creative Soul” was a retreat March 2nd-6th, 2014, at Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona, with Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette. Here is a brief excerpt from a conversation they had about the personality trait of high sensitivity and being a creative person: Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette on Creativity A page on […]

  • Go ahead - watch funny videos

    Go ahead – watch funny videos

    From Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, via ScienceDaily: People who watch funny videos on the internet at work aren’t necessarily wasting time. They may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science — putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively. “Generally, positive mood has been […]


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  • Ai Weiwei: artist and activist: "Make a little effort"

    Ai Weiwei: artist and activist: “Make a little effort”

    The site for the documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” by director Alison Klayman describes him as “China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. “Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut […]

  • Self-esteem: what's so good about it?

    Self-esteem: what’s so good about it?

    Gene Simmons, asked about joining the new Donald Trump program “The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition” (starting this evening), gave one of his typical tongue in cheek responses: “I’m the next apprentice because I’m the best of the best” – adding with a big grin: “Look how sincere I am.” He also commented, “You can’t get really […]

  • Brian Vaszily on authentic happiness

    Brian Vaszily on authentic happiness

    Brian Vaszily is author of The Nine Intense Experiences. One of many reviews: “An insightful guide that will help you to rediscover wonder, awe, and enchantment in your life, The 9 Intense Experiences will remind you how to play and have fun while creating a life of meaning and fulfillment.” — Arielle Ford, author of […]

  • Creating is a way to channel our emotional intensity

    Creating is a way to channel our emotional intensity

    “Creating art has always been a way to channel emotional intensity.” Psychologist Cheryl Arutt “Our impulse to be creative can be one of the most dynamic methods of meeting and redeeming one’s devils and demons.” Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond Acting is one form of creative expression that artists can use to channel their intensity and […]

  • A great artist can come from any background

    A great artist can come from any background

    “In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. “We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in […]

  • Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

    Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

    Artist Stephen C. Layne comments on some of his creative thinking and process: “There is something so unexpected when seeing a picture of a piece of your work. It’s similar to my first gallery opening. A picture can’t change just as a piece can no longer be altered once it is in public, untouchable on […]

  • Is doing the best you can always good?

    Is doing the best you can always good?

    Mel Schwartz is a psychotherapist whose work is focused on evolving consciousness and the transformative process. In this Psychology Today article he addresses a topic that affects many creative and high ability people: perfectionism – which may lead us to scrap parts of our creative efforts, such as writing, that could prove useful for a […]

  • Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life

    Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life

    “I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.” “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. […]

  • New Year's resolutions and HSPs: change and intuition

    New Year’s resolutions and HSPs: change and intuition

    Everyone can experience emotional challenges when it comes to making life changes, but those challenges may be especially intense for highly sensitive people (HSPs). In her post Change and the HSP, from her blog “Inside the Mind of a Highly Sensitive Person,” Helen Akers takes a look at some of the challenges HSPs encounter when […]

  • Emotional intelligence and/or high IQ

    Emotional intelligence and/or high IQ

    “Academic intelligence has little to do with emotional life… people with high IQs can be stunningly poor pilots of their private lives.” Daniel Goleman In her article Emotional Intelligence of the Gifted, Joanna Fletcher notes that Goleman gives examples of high IQ people “who are not achieving the heights they were destined for.” But she […]

  • Srikumar Rao on our mental chatter

    Srikumar Rao on our mental chatter

    Srikumar Rao, PhD conceived the course “Creativity and Personal Mastery” – the only business school course that has its own alumni association and it has been extensively covered in the media. He writes: “You have a companion. One that never, ever leaves you. It sticks with you, staying even closer than your shadow. It is […]

  • Molly Gordon on inner and outer transformation

    Molly Gordon on inner and outer transformation

    Molly Gordon is a certified business coach “dedicated to helping independent professionals and artists reconcile the challenges of building thriving livelihoods and loving their lives.” “My business coaching, teleclasses, books, and seminars help you to evolve authentic practices that make doing business a heartfelt expression of your gifts in the world while ensuring that you […]

  • Cheryl Richardson on sensitivity and self-care

    Cheryl Richardson on sensitivity and self-care

    Cheryl Richardson relates an example of her own sensitivity: “Last night I went to see a movie with a group of friends.  “I’d heard wonderful things about the story from people whose opinion I respect, and I was so looking forward to enjoying the film. “However, within twenty minutes of watching, I made a decision […]


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