• Deal With Anxiety To Be More Creative

    Deal With Anxiety To Be More Creative

    “How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” One form of anxiety is so-called writer’s block. This photo is Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the movie “Adaptation” by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can […]

  • Commerce and Creativity

    Commerce and Creativity

    If you create just for your own pleasure and mental health, that is fine – but if you want to get your creative work seen and acknowledged, and have it financially support your life, you need to see yourself as a creative entrepreneur. “Making money is art and working is art and good business is […]

  • 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 […]

  • Many talented people use or abuse drugs

    Many talented people use or abuse drugs

    Psychologist and creativity coach/author Eric Maisel, PhD declares: “The artist is often a drug and alcohol abuser. “The challenge for the creative artist stirred by [their] work and dream is to maintain mood equilibrium without resorting to mood-altering drugs. The social environment of the artist makes this challenge doubly difficult.” [From article Counseling Artists: The […]

  • The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

    The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

    “You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” – Abraham Maslow The title for this post comes from the subtitle of Steve Pavlina’s book Personal Development for Smart People. What do these ideas of personal growth and personal development mean? One of the most influential psychologists who defined the human […]

  • Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

    Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

    “Stop being patient and have fun, instead. This is the only real reason there is to pursue your dream.” Lesson One: The Hallmarks of Genius Lesson Two: How Sex and Creativity Connect Lesson Three: How (and Why) to Be Patient Lesson Four: How to Manage Rejection Lesson Five: A Great Way to Cut Expenses Lesson […]


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  • Take Me to Pandora, or The Positive Psychology of Avatar

    Take Me to Pandora, or The Positive Psychology of Avatar

    By Louis Alloro, Positive Psychology News Daily I want to travel to Pandora, the fictional planet depicted in Avatar. I saw James Cameron’s newest film that has rocked box offices since its release in December on I-MAX 3-D and have since been urging friends to run, not walk, to see this movie. The message inherent […]

  • Too Much to Contain - Intensity and Creativity

    Too Much to Contain – Intensity and Creativity

    Joss Whedon (writer, producer, director: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, The Avengers etc) received the 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard. In his acceptance speech, he talked about discovering existentialism as a teenager from seeing Steven Spielberg’s movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” “Literally, I just had an epiphany,” Whedon […]

  • Highly creative people have brains similar to those with schizophrenia

    Highly creative people have brains similar to those with schizophrenia

    Research provides more neuroscientific explanation for the potential links between mental health and mental illness to creativity. A press release reports: “By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at Karolinska Institute have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with […]

  • Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

    Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

    “The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.” Kurt Vonnegut To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness – even to make the choice to do something creative. And realizing our […]

  • Morty Lefkoe on recognizing self-limiting beliefs

    Morty Lefkoe on recognizing self-limiting beliefs

    Morty Lefkoe notes how much power beliefs have to affect our actions, identity and esteem. He describes his therapeutic approach to eliminate the beliefs that cause our behavioral and emotional patterns. “All meaning is in our minds.  All beliefs are merely the meaning we assign to what we observe.  Before I explain how this axiom […]

  • George Vaillant on Meaning - find your purpose with your heart & mind

    George Vaillant on Meaning – find your purpose with your heart & mind

    George Vaillant, MD, author of a number of books including Spiritual Evolution, notes in his Positive Psychology News Daily article, “If we are to find meaning in life, we must pay as much mind to our limbic ‘hearts’ as to our neocortical cognitions. “Our positive emotions evoke thought-action tendencies in humans that broaden human attachment […]

  • Brain Differences and Creativity

    Brain Differences and Creativity

    Notable creative ability and expression can be related to changes in brain structure and function from disease, stroke, injury, disability or other conditions. Darold Treffert, M.D. notes, “Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which people with developmental disabilities, including autism or other central nervous system disorders, have some remarkable islands of genius […]

  • Taking care of ourselves to be more creative

    Taking care of ourselves to be more creative

    “For the person who’s ready to change, to grow, to look at things that challenge them and try to learn how to do it differently, that person is going to bloom and blossom into their creativity… when we’re blocked by not taking good enough care of ourselves physically, emotionally, we can’t produce the work we […]

  • Emotion Regulation

    Emotion Regulation

    How we relate to our emotions can deeply impact our experience of life, and how well we are able to pursue talents and passions. Trying to block or “escape” what we view as negative feelings or emotions can block access to parts of ourselves we might develop. Laura L.C. Johnson writes in a Positive Psychology […]

  • Self-limiting beliefs and business success

    Self-limiting beliefs and business success

    Excerpted from article Marketing Strategies: 7 Tips to Creating Success From the “Inside Out” By Maya Bailey, Ph.D. : “Why do most business owners fail to achieve their dreams and reach their financial goals? Is it a lack of motivation, a lack of drive or a lack of business know how? “In my 12 years […]

  • Rethinking Creativity and Depression

    Rethinking Creativity and Depression

    Some five hundred years ago, mood disorders were considered to be based on an imbalance in four body “humors” or  fluids – yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm. Too much black bile was thought to cause ‘melancholy’ and ‘madness.’ In her article “Clinical Depression Then and Now,” Patricia Waldron, M.D. noted, “Dürer’s energy and […]

  • The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

    The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

    Many highly talented, creative people experience some degree of anxiety, as well as depression. This writer is a “psychologist and nutrition specialist who personally dealt with depression for nearly 20 years, and through his research developed a way to shift your focus and change your mindset, to re-gain control over your thoughts and feelings.” ~ […]

  • A Time and Place to be Bipolar?

    A Time and Place to be Bipolar?

    In his book “The Hypomanic Edge : The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America,” John D. Gartner, Ph.D. provides a list of characteristics that probably applies to many in the huge community of creative minds in entertainment fields: “Filled with energy… flooded with ideas… driven, restless, and unable to […]


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