• Reclaiming Creative Courage

    Reclaiming Creative Courage

    Fear of writing or creating, fear of failing, fear of succeeding – fears of all sorts can keep us from pursuing our entrepreneurial visions and creative passions. Author Milli Thornton describes a CPA who kept shutting off his dream to write: “He’s long wanted to write the story of his life as a fictional novel, […]

  • Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

    Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

    This long page includes a video of my online 1 hour presentation, plus multiple short video excerpts, plus notes and multiple links to articles and other resources. Main topics: Personality: High Sensitivity | Self Concept / Self Esteem Mental Health: Anxiety | Depression | Trauma Sections include: A Complex Personality Insecurity and Androgyny High Sensitivity […]

  • Resources for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

    Resources for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

    You may be a published author – or aspire to be one. Here are several programs that can provide substantial guidance and resources to enhance your success as a writer and creative entrepreneur. Read about these programs – The Transformational Author Experience Mark Matousek’s  Writing Through Fear course The Creative Penn – Training For Authors […]

  • Getting Beyond Too Deferential

    Getting Beyond Too Deferential

    Do you hold yourself back in order to get along, make others feel good, or for other reasons? Does your voice in the world represent who you are, and how you feel about who you are? Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. – author of The Gifted Adult – notes, “There are millions of unidentified individuals of high […]

  • Viggo Mortensen

    Viggo Mortensen on Art and Being Creative

    “The function of artists is to keep people childlike in a positive way. To keep open to the world.” Viggo Mortensen continues, “Apart from traveling to different countries, to different communities, to different parts of your city, I think that art is one of the greatest anti-war and anti-poverty weapons.” Continued in The Creative Mind […]

  • Eric Maisel on investing meaning in our life and art for mental health

    Eric Maisel on investing meaning in our life and art for mental health

    Eric Maisel, PhD is author of The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression. In our interview, he addresses some of the meaning and mood issues facing creators, noting that when we consciously make meaning, we improve our lives and mental health. Q: The kinds of anxiety we call stage fright, or fear […]


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  • On Meaning: The Silver Lining of The Recession

    On Meaning: The Silver Lining of The Recession

    By Laura Berman Fortgang –  Human beings have often engaged in the search for meaning, but today’s economic downturn has brought the subject to light in a new way. People are re-evaluating whether their financial power to accumulate possessions and wealth is the only determining factor of their happiness and success. Some are being forced […]

  • Tripping ourselves up with blind spots

    Tripping ourselves up with blind spots

    The idea of a mental ‘blind spot’ may imply some kind of deficiency of cognitive ability, but psychologist Madeleine L. Van Hecke argues in her book Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things that even people who are very astute and intellectually capable can suffer lapses in reasonable behavior based on awareness. She argues […]

  • Anxiety relief - overcoming social phobia

    Anxiety relief – overcoming social phobia

    If fear of rejection has led you to distance yourself from people, especially groups, there are several specific things you can do. First and foremost, you need to build a sense of your own self-worth. In addition to this, cognitive-behavioral therapy offers three specific types of interventions… From article Do You Want To Overcome Your […]

  • Carol Dweck on the growth mindset

    Carol Dweck on the growth mindset

    “In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.” In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, psychologist Carol Dweck considers two basic attitudes and paradigms about human ability […]

  • Developing Creativity: Resource Links

    Developing Creativity: Resource Links

    In researching articles for my various sites, I come across many helpful resource sites and articles on creativity research, innovation and developing creativity. Here are a few. ~~~~~~~ Creativity at Work: Developing creativity and innovation in organizations Founder: Linda Naiman – a creativity and innovation consultant. “Our focus is on leadership and team development, creativity, […]

  • Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

    Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

    Like many artists, Terrence Howard is multitalented; before acting he studied chemical engineering at Pratt University, and has produced an album of his “urban country” music. His quotes and perspectives below are from a Bullz-Eye Interview by Jason Zingale (2005). We have to remember.. that we’re all artists. Every one of us is an artist, […]

  • Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

    Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

    What lies beneath our usual waking consciousness provides so much of the material we can use for creative expression. The Red Book is a new publication of Carl Jung’s journals and explorations into his soul and psyche. More on that later, but first – two artists talk about using their subconscious for creative inspiration. A […]

  • Creative Development: Actively Caress Wonder. Play.

    Creative Development: Actively Caress Wonder. Play.

    “An artist must actively caress wonder: for fascination, like the desire to play, can be eradicated by the rigors of living.” Eric Maisel “There is a myth, common in American culture, that work and play are entirely separate activities.” That is a quote by Laura Seargeant Richardson, a principal designer at frog design, who “specializes […]

  • Developing Creativity: Three Part Harmony with SARK

    Developing Creativity: Three Part Harmony with SARK

    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.] Julia Cameron, author […]

  • Social Media and the Holiday Blues

    Social Media and the Holiday Blues

    By Rose Haywood Social media has provided us new ways to come together on a variety of platforms and across cultures, but it may also contribute to feelings of isolation and even depression. According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, frequent use of Facebook in particular was identified as having a negative […]

  • Panic Attacks: Nature Out Of Context

    Panic Attacks: Nature Out Of Context

    Writer  Jen Crippen points out: “Panic attacks were once nature’s way of keeping a person alive in a very dangerous situation. “The surge of adrenaline pumped through the body during an attack allowed early man to outrun deadly predators, or claw themselves out from an avalanche of heavy debris. “Today, there are people who have […]

  • Creating money: The inner and outer work of financial goals

    Creating money: The inner and outer work of financial goals

    By Molly Gordon Money determines how much you can invest in yourself and your work. Finally, if you exist in a money fog, it’s hard to navigate everything from pricing to equipment purchases to paying taxes. That’s stressful and distracting. So money matters. Making money is a creative act You may not have thought about […]

  • Peak performance requires stress relief

    Peak performance requires stress relief

    A newspaper story reports: “The brain images of the stressed medical students gave the inside story: During the attention-shifting task, activity in their prefrontal cortices — the seat of such functions as attention, task-planning and judgment — was far lower than that of the non-stressed-out.” From article Peak personal performance requires stress relief. See a […]

  • Coaching Business Secrets

    Coaching Business Secrets

    Ali Brown on her free Coaching Business Secrets report: “I’ve included a ton of specific information in this report…from my years of becoming a successful coach, and from the hard lessons I learned on my way to building my multimillion-dollar business. “In the report, you’ll learn: the most POPULAR types of coaching programs that are […]

  • Cutting and high sensitivity

    Cutting and high sensitivity

    One of the hallmarks of being creative is sensitivity. But for many people, that sensitivity can lead to feelings of overwhelm and chaos. Some deal with their high sensitivity very well, with adequate self care, respecting their needs for boundaries, and by retreating. But some people take drugs, and others self-injure to deal with their […]

  • What You See Is What You Believe

    What You See Is What You Believe

    By Adam Mortimer How many things in your life, right now, could you be blind to because of a poor mentality? Discovering this truth truly unlocks the keys to personal success. The question then becomes, how can I actively cultivate the correct beliefs that will allow me to see the opportunities that I may be […]

  • Sidewalk Psychiatry: personal growth for pedestrians

    Sidewalk Psychiatry: personal growth for pedestrians

    A public art project created by designer Candy Chang, Sidewalk Psychiatry “encourages self-evaluation in transit by posing critical questions on the pavements of New York City with stencils and temporary spray-chalk. “Now your daily ponderings and emotional problems can be prodded and treated on the go…” The temporary messages she has painted include: “Then Why […]

  • 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 […]


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