• Performing without too much perfection - or anxiety

    Performing without too much perfection – or anxiety

    Many talented actors and other performers experience “jitters” – which can be helpful up to a point – or outright anxiety such as stage fright – which is not so helpful. Both Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth of “The King’s Speech” have talked about suffering from it (see the article Celebrities with anxiety and […]

  • Creative Expression and Healing

    Creative Expression and Healing

    Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic or difficult experiences, providing a way to give voice to painful feelings. Charlize Theron is an example. As a teen, she saw her mother shoot and kill her abusive and violently threatening father in self defense. She said in a 2004 interview that her work has helped […]

  • Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

    Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

    Pete Townshend is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the rock group The Who – an artist in a career of more than 40 years. Rolling Stone magazine listed him among the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. His memoir ‘Who […]

  • Nurturing Our Self-Esteem Part 1

    Nurturing Our Self-Esteem Part 1

    Comparing ourselves to others may erode how we appreciate our own qualities. Do you talk about yourself to others, and privately in your mind, in ways that discount your abilities and positive qualities? I certainly do. How important is self concept? One of the primary authors and coaches on it is psychologist Nathaniel Branden, who says: “The reputation you […]

  • Constraints and Creativity

    Constraints and Creativity

    One of the basic concepts about the creative process is that it involves generation of many ideas, followed by analytic selection, then implementation. Idea generation may be very “loose” and unrestrained – even fantastical and not necessarily tied to normal reality. In my earlier post Creative Thinking and Schizophrenia, I wrote a little about the […]

  • Keep the channel open

    Keep the channel open

    These wonderfully inspiring and insightful comments by dancer, choreographer and teacher Martha Graham (1894-1991), refer to many of the themes of the TalentDevelop sites – such as intensity/excitability, motivation, identity and self-regard, self-criticism and insecurity about creative work, and other topics that impact us as creative people, and can slow down or shut off our […]


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  • Feeling like an impostor

    Feeling like an impostor

    Charlie Rose introduced Tilda Swinton as an interview guest on his show: “With her magnetic, ethereal charisma and striking androgynous looks, she has perhaps become most famous for her screen interpretations of cold and enigmatic characters. “Her performances are subtle, varied, and unique.” But, she admitted, “I certainly never set out to be an actor, […]

  • Self esteem and actors - low self confidence

    Self esteem and actors – low self confidence

    Many creative people report feeling incompetent, inadequate and having low self esteem at times. But there are ways to shift those feelings. A number of film actors report they don’t watch their own movies. When you can be seen in close-ups on twenty foot high theater screens, it may be especially hard not to criticize […]

  • Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

    Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

    Here is an excerpt from an article by Sedona Training Associates staff and Hale Dwoskin: Do you ever think the following self-limiting beliefs? * It’s not OK to make a mistake * People will not like me if I’m not perfect * I’ll avoid anything I can’t do well * I’m a failure because I […]

  • Do you have expertise to share?

    Do you have expertise to share?

    By Phillip Mountrose and Jane Mountrose Many gifted individuals have expertise to share and this may include you. The issue is how to make your expertise into a profitable business. Experts Academy with Brendon Burchard solves this problem. His goal is to turn you into a generously paid expert. As we all know, there are […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Author's glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

    Author’s glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

    As a writer in the middle of my first novel, I experience swings from enchantment to disgust with my work. Falling in love with your writing can be as inspiring, and as delusional, as falling in love with a person,. These shifting perceptions aren’t just exclusive to writers. In his post The Psychology of Creativity […]

  • The creative experience: intensity or madness

    The creative experience: intensity or madness

    By Cat Robson. As I discovered over the years in my own interactions with the mental health system, when someone with a creative personality is seen through the eyes of those who have a different temperament, such as scientists and doctors, the result can be mislabeling and misdiagnosis. People who are uncomfortable with extreme states […]

  • Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

    Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

    How do you think about mistakes or failures? Many of us want to “get things right” and pursue excellence in creative work, but what seems like a setback, error or limitation, can often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation. Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products: Post-It-Notes […]

  • More Intelligence, More Creative?

    More Intelligence, More Creative?

    How do intelligence and creative ability interact? Do we get more creative with more intelligence? Dean Keith Simonton, PhD thinks “Intelligence is purely a cognitive construct. Creativity on the other hand, I see as being much more complex.” Like other writers on creativity, he makes a distinction between “little c creativity” and “big C creativity.” […]

  • Terri Levine on how to lessen anxiety

    Terri Levine on how to lessen anxiety

    By Terri Levine : “The anxiety I am talking about is that suffered by everyday workers, going about their business in a state of stress and discomfort. This work related anxiety is persistent and causes you to worry excessively about events or activities or circumstances at work which may, or may not, even happen… but […]

  • Eric Maisel on anxiety and developing creativity

    Eric Maisel on anxiety and developing creativity

    “Only a small percentage of creative people work as often or as deeply as, by all rights, they might be expected to work. “What stops them? Anxiety or some face of anxiety like doubt, worry, or fear… anxiety is the great silencer of the creative person.” Therapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD. He also […]

  • Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

    Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

    Many artists express ideas about developing creativity that can be helpful to other creative people. Here are a few examples. Max Ehrman From LOVE IS IN THE AEROSOL, Text by Denise Kitt, SOMA magazine. When artist Max Ehrman is not completing privately commissioned works, he is zealously spray painting the walls of start-up companies in […]

  • Successful People Who've Struggled with Psychiatric Disorders

    Successful People Who’ve Struggled with Psychiatric Disorders

    By Leslie Johnson Although it is somewhat of a media-influenced stereotype, the cultural image of the “mad genius” has stayed with us, and that’s because many of the qualities attributed to highly successful people (i.e. that they are crazy or insane) are quite true. Especially for those of us who are creative and active people, […]

  • Forgetting who you are as a creative person

    Forgetting who you are as a creative person

    In an edition of her newsletter, creativity coach Jenna Avery had a thoughtful section on getting distracted away from our identity and creative vision. Here is an excerpt: When artists and writers forget who they are   As a sensitive, creative, thoughtful writer, artist, or entrepreneur it’s easy to forget who you are and what […]


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