• Dealing with trauma and abuse to live a bigger, more creative life

    Dealing with trauma and abuse to live a bigger, more creative life

    As Shakespeare noted, we are subject to numerous “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and the “heart-ache and thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” But many people also suffer abuse and traumas that go beyond those “natural shocks.”  Learning how to regulate emotional reactions to trauma and abuse is important for anyone, but […]

  • Your Creative Mind with Learning Differences

    Your Creative Mind with Learning Differences

    “There were a lot of benefits to being dyslexic for me…I think I came into an appreciation of all those qualities of language…” Novelist Richard Ford The traditional framing of ADHD, dyslexia and some other conditions as “learning disorders” seems to be increasingly challenged by the views of many researchers and artists that these 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 […]

  • Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

    Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

    Many talented and creative people have felt like outsiders, finding their teen years to be socially difficult and emotionally challenging. “I did not perform well socially in junior high. I was a strange girl and I was in a lot of pain because of that, like most teenagers.” Claire Danes Many highly talented people like […]

  • Mind candy versus real psychological change and personal development

    Mind candy versus real psychological change and personal development

    Vin Mariani became one of the most popular wines in the world in the late 1800’s, praised and promoted by artists and world leaders including Jules Verne; Alexander Dumas; Robert Louis Stephenson; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sarah Bernhardt. It was claimed to be a “tonic” and “restorative” for multiple conditions including “nervous troubles, general […]

  • Alan Rickman on Being a Storyteller and Artist

    Alan Rickman on Being a Storyteller and Artist

    Like many actors and artists, Alan Rickman is a complex mix of passions and personality. He talks about his love and respect for writing, and the insecurity and self-criticism that so many creative people experience. He has portrayed many powerful and intriguing characters, including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. In this video about […]


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  • Eckhart Tolle on Self-esteem and Ego

    Eckhart Tolle on Self-esteem and Ego

    “Well, first there is the ego self-esteem. Which is really, even if you have high ego self-esteem.. there’s always hidden fear underneath it. “It’s always there to compensate for the fear you feel of not being good enough or perhaps failing. So you need to play a role of being big to compensate for fear […]

  • Limiting ourselves with self-judgment

    Limiting ourselves with self-judgment

    “American Idol” finalist Katharine McPhee has acknowledged that she fought a five-year battle with bulimia, and had childhood reading problems that sabotaged her self-esteem and made her turn to food for comfort. “Low self-esteem was huge for me,” McPhee said. “I was always the pretty little girl who was stupid. That was really difficult… I […]

  • Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

    Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

    One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists [such as Dean Koontz and Lady Gaga]. And myths about artists being “crazy” or “starving” may also influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life. View “Be More Creative: What Is Your Self […]

  • Creative Anxiety

    Creative Anxiety

    This is a scene in one of the great movies about the inner life of artists: “Adaptation.” Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman [Nicolas Cage] is facing the dreaded blank page: “To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. […]

  • Building self esteem and identity - what we tell ourselves about ourselves

    Building self esteem and identity – what we tell ourselves about ourselves

    “Who do you think you are?” – That question can be thrown at someone as an aggressive or angry challenge. But the variation can be a useful question to ask: “Who do I think I am?” How we identify and classify ourselves can have a profound impact on what we think we can be and […]

  • Timothy T.C. So on the Positivity of Sadness

    Timothy T.C. So on the Positivity of Sadness

    Some authors, including Kay Redfield Jamison, think there is more to depression than negativity. How can sadness be of any possible benefit? In the following article, Timothy T.C. So discusses the positive side of sadness. The emphasis of positive psychology on building the best things in life and making people’s lives fulfilling does not imply […]

  • Art can induce a calm state of mind

    Art can induce a calm state of mind

    In her article How to Use Music and Art as a Relaxation Technique Meditation, Susan Masters writes: “The power of art induces a calm state of mind… any beautiful object, be it a flower, a painting, a piece of music, a movie or a well-written book, helps us let go all the negative thoughts and […]

  • Sensitive and authentic: Can Authenticity Be Selective?

    Sensitive and authentic: Can Authenticity Be Selective?

    By Cat Robson One of my constant internal dialogs  revolves around whether or not I’m being authentic. Am I compromising myself? Trying too hard to avoid conflict by keeping silent? Is my desire to have other people feel understood an authentic part of me or counterproductive? And just because a trait is authentic, should I […]

  • Judith Orloff and Bryce Dallas Howard on psychic ability

    Judith Orloff and Bryce Dallas Howard on psychic ability

    As one of the characters in the movie “Hereafter,” Matt Damon portrays an intuitve, someone who seems to be able to communicate with dead people. One of the other characters impacted by those abilities is Marie, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who revealed in a recent news story her own psychic experiences. She knew early […]

  • Creative Expression and Healing

    Creative Expression and Healing

    Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic or difficult experiences, providing a way to give voice to painful feelings. Charlize Theron is an example. As a teen, she saw her mother shoot and kill her abusive and violently threatening father in self defense. She said in a 2004 interview that her work has helped […]

  • Winona Ryder on staying sane

    Winona Ryder on staying sane

    Winona Ryder: “I was lucky in the sense that my success was gradual. But then there was a point when there was so much attention, and you get surrounded with people who sort of make you feel like you have to do everything… “It’s really tough to suddenly be very famous. I think you get […]

  • Business Creativity and Innovation - Always Positive?

    Business Creativity and Innovation – Always Positive?

    “Everything you do as an entrepreneur, whether it’s writing, speaking, coming up with innovative ideas, etc… is sourced from your creativity.” Entrepreneur and coach Katie Freiling – from post (with video) A Powerful Strategy To Unleash Your Creative Genius. Business may thrive on innovation, but there is also research indicating that leaders should not be […]

  • Being Bold To Be Creative

    Being Bold To Be Creative

    To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness. “To pursue acting… needed a fair degree of willfulness… I grew up in quite an oppressive Catholic society. In order to survive that, you either had to be willful or risk […]

  • Cinematherapy - use movies for personal growth

    Cinematherapy – use movies for personal growth

    The latest form of bibliotherapy Being mindfully aware of our reactions to movies can be a potent way to explore our inner life, and enhance our mental health and personal development. A Psychology Today article, Reel Therapy by John W. Hesley, notes, “Although people might be surprised when a therapist recommends a movie, using fiction […]

  • What about intuition?

    What about intuition?

    Can intuition be a useful extension or complement to rational thought? Many think so. Others caution it can be uncertain and misleading. Author and coach Tama J. Kieves notes we may block intuitive understanding because “It’s hard to let insights in, if we’ve dead bolted the doors. “Sometimes we are begging for clarity, just as […]


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