• The psychology of creativity: Performers and Excitabilities

    The psychology of creativity: Performers and Excitabilities

    +-*“I’m an only child and I’m just a real loner kind of person, and yeah, kinda dark. But I’m happy. Not sad. I’m just shy and nervous… I was a loner in high school. I keep to myself, but I love life.” Actor Clea DuVall  [imdb.com] One of the qualities of many actors, musicians and […]

  • Getting Over Stage Fright

    Getting Over Stage Fright

    +-*“Creative people are extremely sensitive. Neurologically, they are very finely tuned and open to all kinds of energies from the outside, so it’s important they protect themselves and not be overwhelmed… People need immediate relief for anxiety; they don’t want to wait.” Energy Psychiatrist Judith Orloff – see the Emotional Freedom page for more quotes, […]

  • How To Stop Being So Hard On Yourself - Jenna Avery on the high sensitivity personality

    How To Stop Being So Hard On Yourself – Jenna Avery on the high sensitivity personality

    +-*In her article, “How To Stop Being So Hard On Yourself,” excerpted below, creativity coach and expert on highly sensitive living, Jenna Avery explains why sensitive people may be so self-critical, and how we can stop doing so: Every time I work with a fellow sensitive soul, it seems like we always bump into some […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence: Staying Sane

    Jennifer Lawrence: Staying Sane

    +-*“I don’t take any of my characters’ pain home with me… I’ve never been through anything that my characters have been through. “And I can’t go around looking for roles that are exactly like my life. So I just use my imagination. “If it ever came down to the point where, to make a part […]

  • The Healing Powers of Yoga

    The Healing Powers of Yoga

    +-*By Melanie Slaugh A few years ago if you had told me that you could use the practice of yoga to help alleviate feelings of depression and self-negativity I would have probably laughed in your face. Getting out the door and to a yoga class was the last thing I wanted to do as I […]

  • Are You Highly Sensitive?

    Are You Highly Sensitive?

    +-*In an article of hers, Elaine Aron, Ph.D. describes some of the basic qualities of the personality trait of high sensitivity. Here is the article: You may belong to the 20% of us who innately prefer to think before acting. Are you famous for being slow to make decisions? Do you need more down time than […]


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  • Transitions: Quitting Your Job To Start A Business

    Transitions: Quitting Your Job To Start A Business

    +-*By Marie Forleo You’ve got a new love and you’re totally smitten. Day and night, it’s all you can think of. Every waking hour, you obsess about the next time you’ll get to . . . do it. That’s right, baby. It’s your hot new business and it’s ready for action. But here’s your passion […]

  • Who Do You Think You Are?

    Who Do You Think You Are?

    +-*Responding to the question: “What kills creativity?”, actor Gillian Anderson once replied succinctly, “Ego.” One sense of this word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, what psychologist Carl Jung referred to as “inflated consciousness… hypnotized by itself.” Many people recognize the need to modulate this kind of ego in order to facilitate the creative process. But […]

  • The powerful biology of stress

    The powerful biology of stress

    +-*From a podcast by All in the Mind, presented by Natasha Mitchell, ABC Radio National and Radio Australia. Neuro-endocrinologist Bruce McEwen: Well I think the best way to start is to talk about the different ways we think of stress. There is positive stress when you rise to a challenge and generally are exhilarated because […]

  • Relaxed about the audition

    Relaxed about the audition

    +-*Monica Raymund comments about her audition for the tv series Lie to Me: “I just knew I wasn’t going to get it, so I was so relaxed about the audition that I got it. The same thing happened with my audition for Juilliard…” [From post on The Inner Actor] One of the key ideas of […]

  • Are we cry-babies?

    Are we cry-babies?

    +-*Therapist Noreen Barron writes: Highly sensitive people can be considered “weak” “soft” “pathetic” and “cry babies”. They are often shamed and criticized for their “over the top” responses, so they swallow and stuff many, if not all, of their needs, experiences, feelings, thoughts to keep “it all in” and contained, so as not to feel […]

  • What Is Power And Empowerment?

    What Is Power And Empowerment?

    +-*One of the themes of this site is looking at ways we compromise our self confidence and authentic inner strength to be creatively expressive, and how we can be more empowered to realize our talents and dreams. So what does this loaded term ‘power’ mean? With events like war and police reactions to protest marchers, […]

  • Leo Laporte and Jason Calacanis on personal growth

    Leo Laporte and Jason Calacanis on personal growth

    +-*First, a provocative quote from psychiatrist Thomas Szasz: “People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” In the following clip from one of his many podcasts, Leo Laporte quotes internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis: “When times are tough, […]

  • Developing creativity and being better at noticing subtle details

    Developing creativity and being better at noticing subtle details

    +-*This image is “Tom’s Diner” – a watercolor by Ralph Goings. Along with other forms of creative expression, photorealist painting demands meticulous attention to detail. A recent CNN article on “sensory processing sensitivity” reports that people with this trait “tended to have more brain activity in the high-order visual processing regions.” The article – Ultra-sensitive? […]

  • Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood

    Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood

    +-*Alan Cumming introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS; acts in many TV and film projects; is a producer, screenwriter, composer, social activist and more. In his book Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir, he details his early life with an abusive father, and its consequences. An article about his memoir notes his father Alex “told Cumming’s […]

  • Growing from painful times into creative ventures

    Growing from painful times into creative ventures

    +-*In her article How to Turn a Negative Experience Into a Positive Way to Make a Living Without a Job, Valerie Young talks about seven people who have found adversity to be a catalyst for new career opportunities, such as Scott Adams who used his “mind-numbing experience in corporate America as the inspiration for his […]

  • Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity

    Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity

    +-*By Cat Robson Just what is ‘normal’ for a creative person? After trying clumsily to conform to what others consider normal for much of my life, I’m beginning to appreciate my own moods and personality. Are creative people like us ‘abnormal’?  In his paper The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity, Steven James Bartlett writes…. Norwegian painter […]

  • Sensitivity and the Power to Endure

    Sensitivity and the Power to Endure

    +-*By Cat Robson Does being sensitive include the strength to endure and survive hardships? Could it be that what makes us more vulnerable might also make us more durable? I believe in aristocracy, though–if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power…but…of the sensitive, the considerate…. […]

  • Felicia Day on developing multiple talents

    Felicia Day on developing multiple talents

    +-*Actor, writer, producer Felicia Day is another example of a multitalented creator. She “studied operatic singing and ballet professionally, performing at concerts and competitions nationwide. Home-schooled throughout much of her childhood, she began college at the age of 16. “A National Merit Scholar (1995), she graduated as valedictorian of her class. An accomplished violinist, Day […]


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