• The Healing Powers of Yoga

    The Healing Powers of Yoga

    By Melanie Slaugh A few years ago if you had told me that you could use the practice of yoga to help alleviate feelings of depression and self-negativity I would have probably laughed in your face. Getting out the door and to a yoga class was the last thing I wanted to do as I […]

  • Are You Highly Sensitive?

    Are You Highly Sensitive?

    In an article of hers, Elaine Aron, Ph.D. describes some of the basic qualities of the personality trait of high sensitivity. Here is the article: You may belong to the 20% of us who innately prefer to think before acting. Are you famous for being slow to make decisions? Do you need more down time than […]

  • What Is Power And Empowerment?

    What Is Power And Empowerment?

    One of the themes of this site is looking at ways we compromise our self confidence and authentic inner strength to be creatively expressive, and how we can be more empowered to realize our talents and dreams. So what does this loaded term ‘power’ mean? With events like war and police reactions to protest marchers, […]

  • Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

    Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

    Artist Maggie Taylor creates richly surreal and evocative images, often with themes of inner states and unusual realities. The Photoshop site describes her work: “The dreamlike world of narrative photomontages – Alchemist. Weaver of narrative collages. Image magician. Maggie Taylor and her work defy traditional labels. “Taylor…using her point-and-click camera, flatbed scanners, and Adobe® Photoshop® software, creates collaged […]

  • Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood

    Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood

    Alan Cumming introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS; acts in many TV and film projects; is a producer, screenwriter, composer, social activist and more. In his book Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir, he details his early life with an abusive father, and its consequences. An article about his memoir notes his father Alex “told Cumming’s […]

  • 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 […]


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  • Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity

    Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity

    By Cat Robson Just what is ‘normal’ for a creative person? After trying clumsily to conform to what others consider normal for much of my life, I’m beginning to appreciate my own moods and personality. Are creative people like us ‘abnormal’?  In his paper The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity, Steven James Bartlett writes…. Norwegian painter […]

  • Sensitivity and the Power to Endure

    Sensitivity and the Power to Endure

    By Cat Robson Does being sensitive include the strength to endure and survive hardships? Could it be that what makes us more vulnerable might also make us more durable? I believe in aristocracy, though–if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power…but…of the sensitive, the considerate…. […]

  • Felicia Day on developing multiple talents

    Felicia Day on developing multiple talents

    Actor, writer, producer Felicia Day is another example of a multitalented creator. She “studied operatic singing and ballet professionally, performing at concerts and competitions nationwide. Home-schooled throughout much of her childhood, she began college at the age of 16. “A National Merit Scholar (1995), she graduated as valedictorian of her class. An accomplished violinist, Day […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • When Personal Development Equates to Progress

    When Personal Development Equates to Progress

    By guest author Adrienne Carlson. One of the buzzwords we hear being bandied about regularly today is personal development. We’re all being told that we must do more to develop ourselves and become better people in the process, both professionally and personally. And in the quest for success and perfection, we try to exhaust all […]

  • Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

    Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

    Painter Rebecca Alzofon thinks “sitting still and letting ideas pass through you” is a necessary part of the creative process. “Creative work doesn’t start without stillness.” But it may take some fortitude discipline to stop ‘doing’ all the time. “A lot of people panic at first,” she says, “if they’re not used to this, they […]

  • Highly sensitive boys and men

    Highly sensitive boys and men

    Research by Dr. Ted Zeff indicates : “North American HSMs (highly sensitive males) who reported that they had supportive parents as boys and who played group sports as a boy were “never” or “rarely” teased for being sensitive. “However, the North American HSMs who reported that neither parents were supportive of their sensitivity, and 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.” […]

  • Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story

    Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story

    Rachel Weisz: Everyone walking around the planet is the hero of their own story. Mike Myers: And they can justify to themselves every action that they make. Sidney Lumet said in his book [Making Movies], “Freaks are not the freaks we think they are. We are much more connected to the most outrageous behavior than […]

  • Morty Lefkoe on how our strong feelings get conditioned

    Morty Lefkoe on how our strong feelings get conditioned

    What causes anxiety and other negative emotions can result from the meaning we unconsciously attribute to events in life. And meaning can be changed. Morty Lefkoe, an expert on changing limiting beliefs, explains how classical conditioning can work against our emotional stability: How Associations Early In Life Cause Negative Emotions Later In Life Very often […]

  • Every society needs highly sensitive people

    Every society needs highly sensitive people

    There can be many challenges for people who are highly sensitive, including reactions from others (“Why are you so touchy?”), feeling “wrong” and with lower self-esteem in a culture that is so extroverted and high-speed, and being more vulnerable to stress (see my post Sensitive to anxiety). But there are also many strengths and values, […]

  • Björk: using her music for teaching science

    Björk: using her music for teaching science

    A new article on the Fast Company magazine site Co.Create notes that musician Björk is extending her album ‘Biophilia’ and related iTunes apps to a “multi-platform educational program for kids.” Here are some excerpts from the article: Album, concerts, repeat. That’s the music industry’s formula, and after more than 19 years of mostly following it, the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Creative expression and identity

    Creative expression and identity

    Creative expression is based on both our inner selves and our abilities, so maybe it is not surprising if we question both our self concept and talents. But our insecurities and doubts may not be just a matter of objective competence. For example, two actors noted for being able to create distinctive and powerful characters […]


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