• Mental health and creativity posts

    Mental health and creativity posts

    The impact of mood disorders and other mental health challenges on being creative. The Mad Hatter : “Have I gone mad?” Alice : “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” ~ ~ ~~~~ Originally posted 2012-10-29 10:59:55.

  • Forgetting who you are as a creative person

    Forgetting who you are as a creative person

    In an edition of her newsletter, creativity coach Jenna Avery had a thoughtful section on getting distracted away from our identity and creative vision. Here is an excerpt: When artists and writers forget who they are   As a sensitive, creative, thoughtful writer, artist, or entrepreneur it’s easy to forget who you are and what […]

  • Is uncommon intelligence or intensity a gift?

    Is uncommon intelligence or intensity a gift?

    Willem Kuipers is author of the book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective. In a section of the book – Is it a Gift to be Uncommon? – he writes about how people who are Xi [eXtra Intelligent or Intense] may view their exceptional abilities. Here is an excerpt: Giftedness […]

  • Negative emotions - How do we create them?

    Negative emotions – How do we create them?

    Why do we experience troubling, disrupting, and often self-limiting, emotions? For example, anxiety – probably most of us experience it to some degree, at some times. But it isn’t the same as being afraid of something tangible like falling from a thrill ride. Or is it? Morty Lefkoe explains, “An emotion is the experiential, chemical, […]

  • Confabulation and Creating

    Confabulation and Creating

    One simplified definition of confabulation is, “An attempt to fill in memory gaps by fabricating information or details.” (Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.) It’s probably something our minds do regularly. Painter Robert Genn notes it can be “the confusion of imagination with memory, and/or the confusion of true memories with false memories.” So what does this […]

  • Dealing with self-sabotage: Getting past I'm not good enough

    Dealing with self-sabotage: Getting past I’m not good enough

    By Cat Robson My very well-meaning parents were far from Mommie Dearest. Nevertheless, they were raised to believe, for instance, that babies shouldn’t be picked up when they cried because comforting them would ‘spoil’ them. They were very sparing in their compliments, fearing we’d get swelled heads. We kids survived, but thriving has been a […]


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  • Brief quote: Alfre Woodard

    Brief quote: Alfre Woodard

    “I didn’t discover I was an artist until I was 17… “It was very hard to be an artist and a child… it was like having sand up your butt when you go to the beach.” Alfre Woodard More quotes on page: Identity See more articles on Self Concept ~~~~ Related articles Toxic Criticism and […]

  • Anxiety and food allergies and body odor

    In her post Food Allergies, Digestion, & Body Odor?, Jen Crippen (author of the ebook Lets Get Physical: Anxiety Is Not All In Your Head) writes: “When I was at my lowest point, not only did I have relentless anxiety but horrendous body odor. Gross, but honest!  So what’s the connection between anxiety and putrid […]

  • Developing creativity - SARK on living a juicy creative life

    Developing creativity – SARK on living a juicy creative life

    Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, better known as SARK to millions of fans worldwide, is a writer and visual artist who “encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.” [From summary of her book Succulent Wild Woman. She is also […]

  • Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

    Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

    Pete Townshend is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the rock group The Who – an artist in a career of more than 40 years. Rolling Stone magazine listed him among the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. His memoir ‘Who […]

  • Playing stupid isn't cute

    Playing stupid isn’t cute

    Jessica Simpson infamously asked in a video clip whether the Chicken of the Sea tuna she was eating was really chicken or fish. She also reportedly indicated she thinks buffalo wings are made from actual buffalo. “Growing up I was always the blonde that everybody made fun of, and I just played into that, because […]

  • Rooney Mara on the Extra Intelligent and Intense Lisbeth Salander

    Rooney Mara on the Extra Intelligent and Intense Lisbeth Salander

    Lisbeth Salander is one of the most intriguing and powerful characters in literature, and both Rooney Mara in the new movie of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Noomi Rapace in the 2009 Danish version, bring to life a richly complex and dynamic young woman. The “extra intelligent and intense” of my title is […]

  • Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

    Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

    In his new memoir “Waging Heavy Peace” Neil Young writes about one of his passions, Lionel model trains: a “very extensive collection of rarities, all proudly displayed behind glass in a room with a giant train layout” on his Northern California ranch. He refers to his collection as “a Zen experience. They allow me to […]

  • Paulina Porizkova and her “love affair” with Lexapro

    Paulina Porizkova and her “love affair” with Lexapro

    Actor, Director, Writer, (and Supermodel) Paulina Porizkova comments on using an antidepressant: “I started taking Lexapro after my anxiety attacks came back and, for all intents and purposes, practically crippled me. “I’ve always had anxiety attacks, or panic attacks as some know them, but after years of learning how to deal with them, I thought […]

  • What's a meaningful life? Eric Maisel and tips for making meaning

    What’s a meaningful life? Eric Maisel and tips for making meaning

    Creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD is a leading expert on meaning, and has written more than 30 books, including The Van Gogh Blues. The Brain Fitness for Seniors blog has a quick summary: 1. Meaning, Identity and Purpose Are Not Fixed. They naturally shift and change throughout life. A lot of our suffering over lack […]

  • Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

    Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

    Author Susan Cain declares: “Without introverts, the world would be devoid of: the theory of gravity; the theory of relativity; W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming”; Chopin’s nocturnes; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; Peter Pan…” She quotes science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing […]

  • Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality

    Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality

    By Cat Robson – In an article of hers, Orna Ross invites us to rid ourselves of self-blame and criticism stemming from misunderstanding our creative abilities. With the help of an insightful self-test, we can revision our past and present experiences, and recognize, nurture and protect our gifts that may otherwise seem disruptive and chaotic. […]

  • Does Perfectionism Help You Be More Creative?

    Does Perfectionism Help You Be More Creative?

    Perfectionism can be experienced as an intense drive toward excellence – or as a pathological obsession that impedes spontaneous imagination and creative play. In her post Blogging My Way Through Perfectionism, Lisa Rivero comments about Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, author of The Gifted Adult: “Jacobsen differentiates between pathologically perfectionistic obsessions or compulsions, on the one hand, and […]

  • Are you waiting to feel creative?

    Are you waiting to feel creative?

    By Jenna Avery A chat with my Writer’s Circle participants inspired today’s post. So often we wait for the right conditions before we write or start our other creative projects. Although we’d like to imagine otherwise, waiting doesn’t get us very far. Are you waiting for the right mood to strike before you work on […]

  • Anxiety can strike anyone

    Anxiety can strike anyone

    Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Bertil Hjert: He thought it was just stress, he had a huge presentation to prepare for but that was last month and he was still ill tempered even though his responsibilities were not as demanding currently. His girlfriend teased him constantly that she wasn’t the only one […]

  • Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

    Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

    Many gifted writers, actors, designers, entrepreneurs and other talented people achieve a lot, make notable contributions to the world, and gain recognition. But much larger numbers are not acknowledged by others, or even themselves. Author Marylou Kelly Streznewski writes, “Overall, I have concluded that there are large numbers of frustrated gifted adults, who can be […]

  • Living A Creative Life - Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

    Living A Creative Life – Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

    Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD, notes “Some people become doctors, lawyers, accountants, or marketing executives. Some people stay at home and raise a family. “But millions of people make another sort of choice, maybe only as part-time employment if you count the money they earn but as their full-time identity: they become […]

  • Mothers with a rage to achieve

    Mothers with a rage to achieve

    Therapist Belinda Seiger, PhD says she has “known many gifted women who seem to possess what I refer to as the ‘rage to achieve.’ “They are constantly driven to learn, to create and to be intellectually productive even while raising young children.” Author Amy Bloom (photo; she is Writer-in-Residence, Wesleyan University) has commented on the […]


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