• Constraints and Creativity

    Constraints and Creativity

    One of the basic concepts about the creative process is that it involves generation of many ideas, followed by analytic selection, then implementation. Idea generation may be very “loose” and unrestrained – even fantastical and not necessarily tied to normal reality. In my earlier post Creative Thinking and Schizophrenia, I wrote a little about the […]

  • Keep the channel open

    Keep the channel open

    These wonderfully inspiring and insightful comments by dancer, choreographer and teacher Martha Graham (1894-1991), refer to many of the themes of the TalentDevelop sites – such as intensity/excitability, motivation, identity and self-regard, self-criticism and insecurity about creative work, and other topics that impact us as creative people, and can slow down or shut off our […]

  • 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.

  • Highly Sensitive Men More Creative?

    Highly Sensitive Men More Creative?

    Some lists of famous people thought to be HSPs (highly sensitive person), include these men: Woody Allen, Andy Kaufman, Anthony Hopkins, Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, W.B. Yeats, E.E. Cummings, D.H. Lawrence, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Deepak Chopra, Joseph Campbell, Beethovan, Mozart, John Lennon, Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, […]

  • The creative experience: intensity or madness

    The creative experience: intensity or madness

    By Cat Robson. As I discovered over the years in my own interactions with the mental health system, when someone with a creative personality is seen through the eyes of those who have a different temperament, such as scientists and doctors, the result can be mislabeling and misdiagnosis. People who are uncomfortable with extreme states […]

  • Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard on the inspiration of still photography

    Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard on the inspiration of still photography

    Project Imagin8ion, was a user-generated photo contest that inspired a Hollywood short film, titled “When You Find Me” – produced by Ron Howard and directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. In collaboration with Canon and the Project Imagin8ion community, they selected winning entries out of 96,000 photos submitted from across the world to inspire the main […]


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  • Do you have expertise to share?

    Do you have expertise to share?

    By Phillip Mountrose and Jane Mountrose Many gifted individuals have expertise to share and this may include you. The issue is how to make your expertise into a profitable business. Experts Academy with Brendon Burchard solves this problem. His goal is to turn you into a generously paid expert. As we all know, there are […]

  • Shamed and Unashamed - Overcoming Low Self Esteem

    Shamed and Unashamed – Overcoming Low Self Esteem

    Bad to the bone Psychiatrist Michael Lewis, author of the book Shame: The Exposed Self, considers shame to be so powerful because it’s about the perception of having a “defective self.. rotten and no good.” But, he notes, “We don’t want to live in a world in which there is no shame or guilt. We […]

  • Author's glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

    Author’s glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

    As a writer in the middle of my first novel, I experience swings from enchantment to disgust with my work. Falling in love with your writing can be as inspiring, and as delusional, as falling in love with a person,. These shifting perceptions aren’t just exclusive to writers. In his post The Psychology of Creativity […]

  • Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

    Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

    How do you think about mistakes or failures? Many of us want to “get things right” and pursue excellence in creative work, but what seems like a setback, error or limitation, can often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation. Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products: Post-It-Notes […]

  • More Intelligence, More Creative?

    More Intelligence, More Creative?

    How do intelligence and creative ability interact? Do we get more creative with more intelligence? Dean Keith Simonton, PhD thinks “Intelligence is purely a cognitive construct. Creativity on the other hand, I see as being much more complex.” Like other writers on creativity, he makes a distinction between “little c creativity” and “big C creativity.” […]

  • Terri Levine on how to lessen anxiety

    Terri Levine on how to lessen anxiety

    By Terri Levine : “The anxiety I am talking about is that suffered by everyday workers, going about their business in a state of stress and discomfort. This work related anxiety is persistent and causes you to worry excessively about events or activities or circumstances at work which may, or may not, even happen… but […]

  • Eric Maisel on anxiety and developing creativity

    Eric Maisel on anxiety and developing creativity

    “Only a small percentage of creative people work as often or as deeply as, by all rights, they might be expected to work. “What stops them? Anxiety or some face of anxiety like doubt, worry, or fear… anxiety is the great silencer of the creative person.” Therapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD. He also […]

  • Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

    Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

    Many artists express ideas about developing creativity that can be helpful to other creative people. Here are a few examples. Max Ehrman From LOVE IS IN THE AEROSOL, Text by Denise Kitt, SOMA magazine. When artist Max Ehrman is not completing privately commissioned works, he is zealously spray painting the walls of start-up companies in […]

  • 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 […]

  • A bit of existential comedy: the movie "Rubber"

    A bit of existential comedy: the movie “Rubber”

    Lieutenant Chad [addressing the camera / movie audience]: “In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. “In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. “In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. “In the […]

  • Unsociable, bored at parties, inner-directed, creative personality type

    Unsociable, bored at parties, inner-directed, creative personality type

    Being unsociable, bored at parties or uneasy with people aren’t qualities that always or necessarily go with being creative, of course – but often they do. Many talented artists and others have a creative personality type that is highly sensitive, introverted or shy – or all at once. Not that people are simply “types” – […]

  • Ten ideas on how to be more creative

    Ten ideas on how to be more creative

    Perspectives of creativity coaches, psychologists and artists on how to develop creativity. Also view on Slideshare: Ten ideas on how to be more creative from Douglas Eby Also see PDF at Scribd ~~~ Related articles 10 Practices from the Most Innovative Organizations Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative The Creative Personality Type: Paradoxes of […]

  • Beethoven and Stress Induced Growth

    Beethoven and Stress Induced Growth

    Two of the themes of positive psychology that make the field relevant are resilience and thriving: how some people not only endure but transcend even devastating hardships to find new strengths and continue to realize their talents. In an article, Paul Pearsall, PhD writes: “In 1801, at age 31, Ludwig van Beethoven had become suicidal. He […]

  • Living authentically takes guts

    Living authentically takes guts

    “The most courageous thing a person can do is to live an authentic life.” Terri Amos, a spiritual coach, also thinks “We are all worthy of living fully with overflowing abundance. If you don’t believe this for yourself, then I ask that you look at your limiting beliefs… and let me tell you, we all […]


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