• 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 […]

  • Take A Creative Leap

    Take A Creative Leap

    Cynthia Morris is a teacher, creativity coach and author. She says, “It’s my life’s work to help others navigate their creative journeys.” In her article Ways to Take A Creative Leap, she asks “If you were leaping off from where you are now, what would your Creative Leap look like? It may be taking up […]

  • Sinead O'Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

    Sinead O’Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

    On or about April 24, 2012, an announcement was posted on her site www.sinead-oconnor.com that Sinead O’Connor has had to cancel her tour. She posted the following note: “With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder. “As you […]

  • Renaissance People Don't Want to Choose Only One Career

    Renaissance People Don’t Want to Choose Only One Career

    Many multitalented people are accomplished and active – even exceptional – in more than one area of creative expression. We read about some of them as celebrated writers, entrepreneurs, scientists, movie directors, actors, painters and other creators. But many more multitalented people are not well-known, or even able, for many reasons, to express their talents. One […]

  • Creative thinking - creative mindfulness

    Creative thinking – creative mindfulness

    Creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel, PhD notes the word mindfulness stands for “the nonjudgmental observation and acknowledgment of our thoughts.” He explains: “We notice the thought – for example, ‘I am running from my writing’ – and acknowledge that we had the thought. The thought comes, we notice it, and it goes.” So, how […]

  • The Monkey Mind Disruption

    The Monkey Mind Disruption

    Do you ever find yourself waylaid or compromised in your creative work on account of disrupting trains of thought and anxieties? It happens to most of us. In his interview for NPR about his new book “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety,” author and journalist Daniel Smith makes an interesting distinction that fear “is an […]

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  • Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

    Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

    We live in stressful times What with all the political, social, economic and personal challenges we face, there is plenty to trigger our anxiety, on multiple levels. But we don’t have to live being driven by the alarm emotions of our primitive lizard brain. In her article Exceptional Times Call for Exceptional Pleasures (on the […]

  • Mary J. Blige on being more happy

    Mary J. Blige on being more happy

    According to a news article, musician Mary J. Blige “loves her fans and, deep down, she knows they love her. But that doesn’t mean all of them want her to be happy. “I had to sacrifice a million fans with this new album,” the singer said in a hushed voice. “I know a lot of […]

  • Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

    Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

    A Science Channel documentary noted the writing of Philip K. Dick inspires research in “physics, robotics, even law enforcement” and that more movies have been made from his stories and novels than any other sci-fi author. “I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my […]

  • Jack Canfield on how thinking can sabotage us

    Jack Canfield on how thinking can sabotage us

    “Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go… purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” That quote by Tina Turner is from the article Who You Are, by Jack Canfield, who […]

  • Lady Gaga: Honor Your Unique Identity

    Lady Gaga: Honor Your Unique Identity

    One of the themes Lady Gaga keeps advancing in her work, and in interviews, is to respect your unique self. “Through honoring your identity and really fighting for who you are every single day of your life, down to your core, you can have more faith and more hope in life and in the future.” […]

  • Don't Worry, Be Happy. Mostly.

    Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Mostly.

    The lyrics of Bobby McFerrin’s song include: Don’t worry. It will soon pass, whatever it is / In your life expect some trouble  / But when you worry / You make it double / Don’t worry, be happy Being happy and positive in general is a preferable stance toward life, better for our health, creativity […]

  • Depressed Creativity

    Depressed Creativity

    In her article Depressed Creativity, nochnoch (Enoch Li) admits that, like many people, she never thought she “had any creativity.” Here are some excerpts from the article: I equated creativity with artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, fashion… I was none of that – until I sunk into depression last year. And over the course of a […]

  • The Artist’s Unconscious

    The Artist’s Unconscious

    By Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, specializing in creative artist issues, trauma recovery, and fertility. I am continually amazed at the work of the unconscious in the minds of creative artists. The capacity to hold many details in the conscious, wakeful mind may seem limited; the unconscious is capable of holding […]

  • Why bother being authentic?

    Why bother being authentic?

    Two of the key elements in personal growth writings and programs are self-knowledge and self-acceptance. Personal development seems to depend on knowing who we really are. But what does that mean, and what “practical” value is there? People visited the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece seeking answers about the future, from matters of public […]

  • Developing creativity by nurturing divergent thinking

    Developing creativity by nurturing divergent thinking

    Divergent thinking is one of the defining qualities of creative and high ability people. While it may be a prominent trait of children and many gifted adults, encouraging out of the ordinary ideas can be suppressed as we “grow up” and learn to fit in. But it can also be actively nurtured. Some examples of […]

  • Be more creative - Part 2

    Be more creative – Part 2

    Articles and other resources for helping you gain new perspectives and be more creative: ideas for enhancing creativity and innovation. ~~~~~~~ The Secret to Creativity: Mike Dillon at TEDxEastsidePrep “Creativity is not some sort of rare magic, it’s actually an infinite resource – and it’s kinda like a virus.” “Mike Dillon’s background spans over three […]

  • Creative People Shouldn't 'Tone It Down'

    Creative People Shouldn’t ‘Tone It Down’

    By Cynthia Morris I’ve been accused of being ‘too much’ all my life. Too loud, too fast, too smart, too multi-talented, too audacious. I’ve never been able to live according to that external standard of ‘just right’. Artists are often ‘too much’. It’s the job of the artist and writer to reflect what they see […]

  • If it's hard to do that proves I'm stupid. Beliefs and personal development

    If it’s hard to do that proves I’m stupid. Beliefs and personal development

    In his article Changing Beliefs, Douglas Cartwright writes about “a biggie – changing toxic and unhealthy beliefs we may have about ourselves.” He notes that in the book Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, “Avy Joseph talks about unhealthy beliefs often being constructed with terms such as ‘must, should’ and ‘have to’. “[Joseph] gives an example of a […]

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