• Mind candy versus real psychological change and personal development

    Mind candy versus real psychological change and personal development

    Vin Mariani became one of the most popular wines in the world in the late 1800’s, praised and promoted by artists and world leaders including Jules Verne; Alexander Dumas; Robert Louis Stephenson; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sarah Bernhardt. It was claimed to be a “tonic” and “restorative” for multiple conditions including “nervous troubles, general […]

  • 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 […]

  • Limiting ourselves with self-judgment

    Limiting ourselves with self-judgment

    “American Idol” finalist Katharine McPhee has acknowledged that she fought a five-year battle with bulimia, and had childhood reading problems that sabotaged her self-esteem and made her turn to food for comfort. “Low self-esteem was huge for me,” McPhee said. “I was always the pretty little girl who was stupid. That was really difficult… I […]

  • Creative People and High Sensitivity

    Creative People and High Sensitivity

    Creative people are often highly sensitive. Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD summarizes the personality trait of high sensitivity (sensory processing sensitivity): “Your brain processes information and reflects on it more deeply.” She thinks all Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) “are creative, by definition.” In this short overview, I include quotes from my interviews with other psychologists: Cheryl […]

  • Audrey Hepburn: Introverted and Highly Sensitive

    Audrey Hepburn: Introverted and Highly Sensitive

    “I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” More quotes attributed to Audrey Hepburn: “I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” “I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite […]

  • 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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  • Creative Anxiety

    Creative Anxiety

    This is a scene in one of the great movies about the inner life of artists: “Adaptation.” Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman [Nicolas Cage] is facing the dreaded blank page: “To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. […]

  • Building self esteem and identity - what we tell ourselves about ourselves

    Building self esteem and identity – what we tell ourselves about ourselves

    “Who do you think you are?” – That question can be thrown at someone as an aggressive or angry challenge. But the variation can be a useful question to ask: “Who do I think I am?” How we identify and classify ourselves can have a profound impact on what we think we can be and […]

  • Timothy T.C. So on the Positivity of Sadness

    Timothy T.C. So on the Positivity of Sadness

    Some authors, including Kay Redfield Jamison, think there is more to depression than negativity. How can sadness be of any possible benefit? In the following article, Timothy T.C. So discusses the positive side of sadness. The emphasis of positive psychology on building the best things in life and making people’s lives fulfilling does not imply […]

  • Art can induce a calm state of mind

    Art can induce a calm state of mind

    In her article How to Use Music and Art as a Relaxation Technique Meditation, Susan Masters writes: “The power of art induces a calm state of mind… any beautiful object, be it a flower, a painting, a piece of music, a movie or a well-written book, helps us let go all the negative thoughts and […]

  • Judith Orloff and Bryce Dallas Howard on psychic ability

    Judith Orloff and Bryce Dallas Howard on psychic ability

    As one of the characters in the movie “Hereafter,” Matt Damon portrays an intuitve, someone who seems to be able to communicate with dead people. One of the other characters impacted by those abilities is Marie, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who revealed in a recent news story her own psychic experiences. She knew early […]

  • Winona Ryder on staying sane

    Winona Ryder on staying sane

    Winona Ryder: “I was lucky in the sense that my success was gradual. But then there was a point when there was so much attention, and you get surrounded with people who sort of make you feel like you have to do everything… “It’s really tough to suddenly be very famous. I think you get […]

  • Being Bold To Be Creative

    Being Bold To Be Creative

    To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness. “To pursue acting… needed a fair degree of willfulness… I grew up in quite an oppressive Catholic society. In order to survive that, you either had to be willful or risk […]

  • Cinematherapy - use movies for personal growth

    Cinematherapy – use movies for personal growth

    The latest form of bibliotherapy Being mindfully aware of our reactions to movies can be a potent way to explore our inner life, and enhance our mental health and personal development. A Psychology Today article, Reel Therapy by John W. Hesley, notes, “Although people might be surprised when a therapist recommends a movie, using fiction […]

  • Director Joe Wright on His Dyslexia

    Director Joe Wright on His Dyslexia

    “Because I think visually, not being able to read meant that other parts of my brain were pushed further…” That is a comment by movie director Joe Wright about being dyslexic, from an NPR / All Things Considered show which I found thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Facebook page of Brock Eide, MD, MA, and […]

  • Inner Creative Battles

    Inner Creative Battles

    “It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.” Author Steven Pressfield goes on to describe in his book ‘The War of Art’ how this “Resistance” holds people back from being more creative. In the Foreword, screenwriter and teacher Robert McKee explains […]

  • You want to be an artist? Are you crazy?

    You want to be an artist? Are you crazy?

    Artists are depicted in movies and media in ways that often promote myths about what it takes to be a “real” singer, writer, actor, painter or other creator. One example is the movie “Art School Confidential” – source of this image. Buying in to the negative aspects of those depictions and myths of the “crazy […]


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