• Intensity of the imagination: Precious and Phoebe in Wonderland

    Intensity of the imagination: Precious and Phoebe in Wonderland

    +-*The movies Precious, and Phoebe in Wonderland both have characters that make use of their imaginational intensity or overexcitability as part of their personality and a valuable way to deal with challenges in their lives. What is intensity / overexcitability? Stephanie Tolan, a writer and advocate for extremely bright children, notes the original Polish word […]

  • 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 […]

  • Elaine Aron on holiday stress relief for sensitive people

    Elaine Aron on holiday stress relief for sensitive people

    +-*Elaine Aron, PhD wrote in an issue of her newsletter about holiday season challenge – for highly sensitive people (HSPs), but her perspectives can be helpful for anyone: “Here come the holidays and the New Year. Give yourself a gift by remembering to do this time of year your way: If you are already doing […]

  • 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 […]

  •  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 […]

  • Developing Creativity In The Zone

    Developing Creativity In The Zone

    +-*“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” That is a brief description of the state of flow, also called “being in the zone,” as described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high), who says we can […]


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  • Impostor phenomenon: Gerard Butler - "Have I ever thought I was a fraud? Maybe 18 hours a day."

    Impostor phenomenon: Gerard Butler – “Have I ever thought I was a fraud? Maybe 18 hours a day.”

    +-*These quotes by Gerard Butler are from Erik Hedegaard’s profile, Gerry the Sinner / Gerry the Saint, Men’s Journal, April 2010. That I got through all that I got through to be where I am, it doesn’t make sense — this kind of lost soul studying law in Scotland and then moving to London with […]

  • 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 […]

  • Ian McKellen on being authentic

    Ian McKellen on being authentic

    +-*Our personal identity – and how confident we are with it – can have a huge impact on our esteem and how fully we express our talents. Ian McKellen has commented, “The proposition from Mephistopheles as you sign the agreement that you will become a Hollywood star is that you will lie about yourself. That’s […]

  • Anxiety and body reactions

    +-*From article: Causes of Panic Attacks, by Joe Barry McDonagh. Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. All of its effects are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Thus, the sole purpose of anxiety is to protect the individual from harm. When confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Perfectionism and Brene Brown on The Gifts of Imperfection

    Perfectionism and Brene Brown on The Gifts of Imperfection

    +-*Perfectionism can be an unhealthy way to try to satisfy distorted ego needs or defuse shame or low self-esteem, for example – but it is a simple name for what can be a complex set of drives and attitudes that can also fuel our pursuit of excellence and motivate social change. Hilary Swank: “The great […]

  • Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity

    Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity

    +-*Wunderkind, genius, prodigy. Freak, geek, nerd. How we label exceptional people and ourselves affects our identity and what we think about the reality and value of our talents, and the possibilities of expressing them in the world. One of the most positive experiences for me in high school was my friendship with an artist (painter, […]

  • Elyn Saks, Schizophrenia and Creativity

    Elyn Saks, Schizophrenia and Creativity

    +-*Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. notes that schizotypy, a milder version of schizophrenia, “consists of a constellation of personality traits that are evident in some degree in everyone.” “Research confirms a link between schizotypy and creative achievement. In particular, ‘positive’ schizotypal traits such as unusual perceptual experiences and magical beliefs tend to be elevated […]

  • 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.” ~ […]

  • 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 […]

  • Michael Chabon: Entertainment has a bad name

    Michael Chabon: Entertainment has a bad name

    +-*Writer Michael Chabon comments on the value of not defining creative work – and ourselves as creators – too narrowly: “Entertainment has come to mean junk. But its definition also should include everything pleasurable that arises from an encounter with literature. “Entertainment has a bad name. Serious people learn to mistrust and even to revile […]

  • 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 […]

  • Don't Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People]

    Don’t Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People]

    +-*In the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975, based on the novel by Ken Kesey), criminal Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is transferred to a mental institution due to his apparently deranged behavior, which turns out to be a deliberate gambit by him to serve out his sentence in an easier place than […]

  • Artists and Mental Health

    Artists and Mental Health

    +-*“Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.” Herman Melville, “Billy Budd, Sailor” According to the World Health Organization, psychological […]

  • Adult Underachievement

    Adult Underachievement

    +-*The ‘gifted’ label & the pressure to deliver – In his book “Your Own Worst Enemy..” psychologist Kenneth W. Christian, PhD delineates some of the most prominent patterns of thinking and behavior he has found that may lead to undermining and underachievement as adults. He notes, “Without explicit demands and support, being labeled ‘bright’ or […]

  • Artists and Addiction - Part 2

    Artists and Addiction – Part 2

    +-*[Continued from Part 1] A disposition to use substances to deal with emotional challenges can start with being prescribed medications. In the book Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential, Lisa, age 14, talks about being given Valium by a doctor: “Taking pills or smoking a joint helped get me through the day.” She […]

  • Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

    Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

    +-*The Path to Discovering Your Talents and Passions, with Sir Ken Robinson “In How to Find Your Element, his 7-session workshop for YouTube channel Big Think Mentor, creativity expert Ken Robinson tackles the epidemic of dissatisfaction with work and life. In session 4, he offers suggestions and exercises for discovering what you’re naturally good at, […]


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