• High Ability, High Sensitivity, High Anxiety

    High Ability, High Sensitivity, High Anxiety

    “All forms of self-expression that tap into curiosities, talents or deeply held interests, when pursued to excellence, are deeply nourishing.” That quote by Kenneth W. Christian, PhD is from his book Your Own Worst Enemy: Breaking the Habit of Adult Underachievement. There are many deeply rewarding aspects of being gifted and talented, creative, with exceptional […]

  • Getting Past Fear of Failure

    Getting Past Fear of Failure

    By Kenneth W. Christian, Ph.D. Three fears lead directly to underachievement: fear of failure, fear of success, and fear of making a mistake. Any of these fears can paralyze initiative. When all three are working, initiative grinds to a halt. How many of these fears plague you? Usually, we experience some of each. If even […]

  • Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

    Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

    “Though my dark side is dormant right now, it continues to play a big role in whatever capacity I have to be creative.” Jessica Lange said of her depression years ago that “it was really a tough one. And when I came out, I felt like I had gone through something and come out the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Dakota Fanning and the Eudaimonic view of happiness

    Dakota Fanning and 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 […]

  • Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static

    Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static

    As creative people, we may experience higher intensity emotions, imaginations, sensitivity and thinking. But we may need relief at times from our teeming brains and active inner lives to reduce stress and be more creative. ~ ~ Martina McBride talked about creating her album “Everlasting“: “I wanted to make a record that was easy, where […]


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  • Can being unrealistic about ourselves be good?

    Can being unrealistic about ourselves be good?

    Brain/mind researcher Jill Ammon-Wexler comments about self-concept: “It’s commonly assumed that normal, well-adjusted people have realistic views of their own potential. “And it is also commonly assumed that those who do not have realistic self-concepts are very possibly neurotic or unbalanced. “Are these assumptions true? I’ll have to say absolutely not. “As a psychologist, the […]

  • Self-esteem and expressing our talents

    Self-esteem and expressing our talents

    Our concepts about identity and self-worth, and how we regard and value ourselves, may have more impact than anything else on being able to fully explore and realize our unique abilities. Wally “Famous” Amos says his personal mission statement “is simply to help people feel better about themselves. I think that self-esteem is at the […]

  • Authentic happiness doesn’t necessarily mean "pleased"

    Authentic happiness doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased”

    Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. is author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life. Here is an excerpt from her ShrinkRapRadio.com podcast interview: Happiness has quite a specific meaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased.” We often, I think, equate “pleased” with “happy.” Things are going my way. I feel pleased, that’s good, I’m […]

  • The creative personality - "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner

    The creative personality – “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner

    The excellent TV series “Mad Men” is a drama about the lives – both inner and outer – of executives, writers and secretaries in an advertising agency in the 1960s. It has garnered numerous Emmys and other awards. The show was profiled in a magazine article by Bruce Handy, who writes that “at its core […]

  • Publish your expertise to help people

    Publish your expertise to help people

    Share your expertise effectively to help others. Millionaire expert marketing leader Brendon Burchard notes, “Information marketing is a mystery to a lot of people. “But when you discover there are only 12 kinds of products and programs you can create, it’s not so intimidating and you can finally tackle them to start making money and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Developing multiple talents is an adventure - but not a sure thing

    Developing multiple talents is an adventure – but not a sure thing

    In this American Express commercial, Liz Lemon of the tv comedy series “30 Rock” (played by Tina Fey, who is also the creator and a writer of the show) is called on for a series of executive and creative decisions, as well as being a mom. As a multitalented, multitasking marvel, Lemon handles the demands […]

  • Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

    Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

    “It was just a story I wanted to tell. Writing it was an expression of my own coming out. Getting it out there was willpower, feeling this is a universal story about identity and it has to be told.” Writer and director Dee Rees is referring to her movie “Pariah” – about a lesbian teenager […]

  • Lady Gaga on identity and creative expression

    Lady Gaga on identity and creative expression

    Lady Gaga identifies herself as a feminist, and says, “I find that men get away with saying a lot in this business, and that women get away with saying very little. “In my opinion, women need and want someone to look up to that they feel have the full sense of who they are, and […]

  • Ways to Turn Your Passion into Profits

    Ways to Turn Your Passion into Profits

    By Ali Brown As entrepreneurs, one of our most important duties is keeping our minds open to fresh moneymaking ideas. Holding regular brainstorm sessions can uncover fresh spins on our original ideas, and keep the passion alive—not only within ourselves, but for our customers and clients as well. But, if you want to have an […]

  • Maybe your idea of fun isn't mine

    Maybe your idea of fun isn’t mine

    As introverts, we may not have the same values or interests in “fun” activities as those who are more extroverted. That may be another reason highly sensitive people and introverts are less acknowledged, supported and even valued in our outgoing, sociable-oriented culture. (Introversion and high sensitivity are not the same trait, but they often go […]

  • Resetting our happiness set point

    Resetting our happiness set point

    Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., an experimental social psychologist, notes each of us is born with a particular “happiness set point” – “a baseline or potential for happiness.” She has conducted “the first controlled experimental intervention studies to increase and maintain a person’s happiness level over and above” this set point. In her book The How of […]

  • Sinead O'Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

    Sinead O’Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

    On or about April 24, 2012, an announcement was posted on her site www.sinead-oconnor.com that Sinead O’Connor has had to cancel her tour. She posted the following note: “With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder. “As you […]

  • George Vaillant on Meaning - find your purpose with your heart & mind

    George Vaillant on Meaning – find your purpose with your heart & mind

    George Vaillant, MD, author of a number of books including Spiritual Evolution, notes in his Positive Psychology News Daily article, “If we are to find meaning in life, we must pay as much mind to our limbic ‘hearts’ as to our neocortical cognitions. “Our positive emotions evoke thought-action tendencies in humans that broaden human attachment […]

  • 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.

  • Alex Lambert on stage fright

    Alex Lambert on stage fright

    The fear of failing in front of an audience is familiar to me. Even though I never had a major memory lapse or experienced any ridicule for my work as an actress, I always felt afraid before every performance . Many of us who have performed before an audience can probably relate to American Idol […]

  • 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 […]

  • James Ellroy: "Crazy suppressed s--- came out and blew up in my face."

    James Ellroy: “Crazy suppressed s— came out and blew up in my face.”

    From article “How James Ellroy lost his mind,” The Week, October 8, 2009. In 2001 the best-selling noir novelist had a nervous breakdown while on a book tour. James Ellroy has an intimate knowledge of despair, says Sean Woods in Rolling Stone. In 2001 he was at the top of his professional game, a best-selling […]

  • Keeping the turmoil in your art - not your spirit

    Keeping the turmoil in your art – not your spirit

    “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche That quote by Nietzsche [from the page: Dysfunction / disorder] is a perspective many artists and other gifted and talented people with intense and “chaotic” inner lives may appreciate. But is turmoil necessary for creative expression? […]


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