• Multiple Talents, Multiple Passions, Burnout

    Multiple Talents, Multiple Passions, Burnout

    “I must have been crazy to have donned so many hats.” Jennifer Westfeldt Many multitalented people feel inspired and energized to pursue multiple creative projects, often at the same time. One potential downside is physical and emotional burnout. Jennifer Westfeldt wrote, produced and acted in “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “Ira & Abby.” For her new […]

  • 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 […]

  • Trusting Your Creative Self

    Trusting Your Creative Self

    If we are willing to put our creative work out there – into the world in some way – it will be judged and ranked. What if our book doesn’t make it to a bestseller list, our painting is not accepted by a gallery, our blog doesn’t show up on a Google page one, or […]

  • Shelley Carson on developing creativity

    Shelley Carson on developing creativity

    Shelley Carson, Ph.D. of Harvard University teaches and conducts research on creativity, psychopathology, and resilience. Topics in our audio podcast interview related to the creative mind and developing creativity include some of Dr. Carson’s seven brain activation patterns she discusses in her book Your Creative Brain. Listen to the podcast: Shelley Carson on enhancing our […]

  • Getting beyond impostor feelings

    Getting beyond impostor feelings

    Many talented and creative people experience impostor feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments. How can we change, to be more confident and creative? ~ ~ Valerie Young, Ed.D. is an expert on impostor syndrome and commented in an Entrepreneur magazine article: “Millions of people, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, have a hard time internalizing […]

  • Nurturing Our Self-Esteem - Part 2

    Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 2

      {Continued from Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 1} Why be concerned about self-esteem? At the beginning of Part 1, psychologist Nathaniel Branden was quoted about it being “the single most important factor for a fulfilling life.” In a testimonial for a course, Katie talks about her own experience: “It turns out most of my problems […]


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  • Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress?

    Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress?

    From a report by Medical News Today : The demands associated with creative work activities pose key challenges for workers, according to new research out of the University of Toronto that describes the stress associated with some aspects of work and its impact on the boundaries between work and family life. Sociology professor Scott Schieman […]

  • On androgyny and identity and creativity

    On androgyny and identity and creativity

    “The other day, I was going through the airport security and I was searched by a male security guard. I’m very often referred to as ‘Sir’ in elevators and such. I think it has to do with being this tall and not wearing much lipstick. I think people just can’t imagine I’d be a woman […]

  • Stephen Dorff on working in "Somewhere"

    Stephen Dorff on working in “Somewhere”

    “I find mimicking and accents and makeup the easiest kind of acting to do… “You can turn me into a woman, give me some heels, I can do that. I can find the voice, etc. “But just sit me on the sofa? If I’m acting at all in those scenes, it unravels the movie that […]

  • 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 […]

  • Working with scary thrills or irrational dread - getting anxiety relief

    Working with scary thrills or irrational dread – getting anxiety relief

    Many people choose to get scared in certain situations: thrill rides, horror movies, bungee jumping, running in front of bulls. But what about dealing with unwanted terror? And can fear ever be useful? If you feel shut down or blocked from developing or expressing your talents because of anxiety, there are many ways to help […]

  • Being Smarter Than Others

    Being Smarter Than Others

    One of the many inspiring quotes by Steve Jobs is this: “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” But Jobs also recognized he was […]

  • Some saw me as a person with rare insight, others thought I was crazy.

    Some saw me as a person with rare insight, others thought I was crazy.

    Those kinds of mixed reactions [in the title] are not so unusual for exceptional, gifted and talented children and adults. “I got that whole precocious thing [as a child]. I had no reason to doubt my own abilities or not share my opinion. The adults were offended, and the kids were resentful. I was persona […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fear and being creative

    Fear and being creative

    In the Harry Potter books and films, the main characters are often threatened by evil forces, in the form of both human and not so human entities such as Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Author J.K. Rowling says, “I feel very strongly that there is a move to sanitise literature because we’re trying to protect children, […]

  • The Eudaimonic View of Happiness

    The Eudaimonic View of Happiness

    “Acting is what I love to do. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I don’t think of it as work. It’s really fun for me.” Dakota Fanning has also said, “It’s fun to know what I want to do – you know, when I grow up. I have friends who say, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll […]

  • What makes gifted relationships so tough? Solutions for the Problems of Giftedness

    What makes gifted relationships so tough? Solutions for the Problems of Giftedness

    By Cat Robson I could write a few novels with the material from my romantic and work relationships. Lots of drama and disappointment, and loads of self-recrimination. How does giftedness figure into the patterns of our connections with others? In this excerpt from his article, Solutions for the Problems of Giftedness, Richard O’Connor, Ph.D., gives […]

  • Why worry? Does it help us at all?

    Why worry? Does it help us at all?

    A college roommate of mine who was perhaps even more anxiety-prone than I was at the time, once made an offhand comment about life not being much good without worry. An outrageous idea, perhaps, but many of us live years habitually worrying – even with no real threat to be concerned about. If it is […]

  • Brad Swift: from near suicide to a life of purpose

    Brad Swift: from near suicide to a life of purpose

    In his book Life on Purpose: Six Passages to an Inspired Life, Brad Swift quotes Indian philosopher Patanjali: “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations.. faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than […]

  • The Edge of Madness: Black Swan and Artistic Expression

    The Edge of Madness: Black Swan and Artistic Expression

    In another outstanding post, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman includes a wide range of material on creativity and mental health. Here is an excerpt: In the movie Black Swan, the ballerina Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman) is asked by the director to “lose herself” in the role of the black swan in the ballet […]


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