• Ciarán Hinds on egos and acting

    Ciarán Hinds on egos and acting

    Ciarán Hinds refers to working with another actor in the past: “This actress was very good, very young, but totally demanding. It was all about ‘me, me, me’. “When you find somebody who doesn’t give and take, you go, ‘Remind me never to work with you again.’” ‘Hinds prefers the unimpressed attitude of an armourer […]

  • 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 […]


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  • Emma Thompson and Depression

    Emma Thompson and Depression

    The National Institute of Mental Health site says “26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year… 57.7 million people.” And that doesn’t include many other people who suffer from untreated or undiagnosed anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. As part of their programming for […]

  • Mindfulness training to enhance mood and memory

    Mindfulness training to enhance mood and memory

    A University of Pennsylvania-led study in which training was provided to a high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness training, or MT, and improvements in mood and working memory. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware and attentive of the present moment without emotional reactivity or […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • How to Stop Creative Thinking

    How to Stop Creative Thinking

    Are you waiting for a muse? Are you telling yourself you are not creative? Those are two of the limitations creativity author Michael Michalko addresses in his article The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Creative Thinking. Here are two excerpts, with some of my comments. SIN ONE – “People do not believe they are creative. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


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