• Adult Underachievement

    Adult Underachievement

    The ‘gifted’ label & the pressure to deliver – In his book “Your Own Worst Enemy..” psychologist Kenneth W. Christian, PhD delineates some of the most prominent patterns of thinking and behavior he has found that may lead to undermining and underachievement as adults. He notes, “Without explicit demands and support, being labeled ‘bright’ or […]

  • Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

    Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

    Playing most of his screen characters, Will Smith exudes assurance and confidence. But he admits: “I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.” [From my article Talented, But Insecure.] In his article I work to build self-confidence in myself and others, entrepreneur Stephen Pierce […]

  • Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

    Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

    The idea of the mad artist is supported to some extent by research, and the experiences of mental illness for many creative people. What do psychologists say? Here is a video on the topic: “Connecting strength and vulnerability of the creative brain” – PBS, July 25, 2014. “Why have so many creative minds suffered from […]

  • The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

    The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

    “It is estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access 100 percent; interesting things begin to happen.” That is a comment by Morgan Freeman, delivered in his compelling baritone voice, in a trailer for the movie “Lucy.” This Italian poster reads: “Una persona in media usa il […]

  • Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

    Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

    There are many distorted ideas about creators – including these: “Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being for their art.” “Artists are ‘bad’ at marketing.” “Artists should accept the solitary life and find solutions on their own.” “You can’t be a mother and a successful artist.” “Artists are right-brained and aren’t very good at […]

  • Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

    Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

    One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists [such as Dean Koontz and Lady Gaga]. And myths about artists being “crazy” or “starving” may also influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life. View “Be More Creative: What Is Your Self […]


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  • 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 […]

  • Can stress and bad moods spur creativity?

    Can stress and bad moods spur creativity?

    According to research by professor Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School and colleagues, negative mood-triggering situations and stress can in some ways enhance creative expression. An article on the research asks, “Where does creativity come from, and how can it be harnessed? “The answer may be a dark one, says Professor Modupe Akinola, whose research […]

  • Katie Freiling: Unleash Your Creative Genius

    Katie Freiling: Unleash Your Creative Genius

    Entrepreneur Katie Freiling notes, “Your business is your art… And you are the artist, the creator. “Everything you do as an entrepreneur, whether it’s writing, speaking, coming up with innovative ideas, etc… is sourced from your creativity. “Unfortunately, many of us have lost our connection to this infinite source of creativity within us… and it’s […]

  • Getting Over Stage Fright

    Getting Over Stage Fright

    By Janet Esposito, MSW It seems like quite a stretch to think that our fear of public speaking and performing can actually be a blessing in our lives. That sounds like a big dose of positive thinking—an attempt to be the eternal optimist trying to find the silver lining in a difficult and often painful […]

  • Failure and personal growth development

    Failure and personal growth development

    When something happens to us or we do something that can be called a failure, there are often ideas and feelings we attach to that experience, such as thinking we are lacking or insufficient, or have lost personal power or strength, or we call ourselves a person who does not succeed. So we may think […]

  • Eric Maisel on emotional mastery

    Eric Maisel on emotional mastery

    Psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel comments: “Mindfulness includes minding your emotions. If you know it will rile you to re-read that curt email from that literary agent, delete it. What are you saving it for? Become someone who is able to mind her emotions… “You get angry, you get envious, you get depressed. You […]

  • Miss Aniela: Bringing Dreams to Life With Fashion Photography

    Miss Aniela: Bringing Dreams to Life With Fashion Photography

    “Optimum creativity is a birth: it needs a plan and foreknowledge, but it needs time, no pressure and an unexplainable force of nature.” Natalie Dybisz is a fashion photographer based in London, working under the name Miss Aniela. Her quote comes from this video – “The Best Environment for Creativity” – a clip from her […]

  • Developing Creativity With Patience

    Developing Creativity With Patience

    “And still it is not enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again. For it is not yet the memories themselves. Not until they have turned to blood within us, to glance, to gesture, nameless […]


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