• Fear and being creative

    Fear and being creative

    +-*In the Harry Potter books and films, the main characters are often threatened by evil forces, in the form of both human and not so human entities such as Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Author J.K. Rowling says, “I feel very strongly that there is a move to sanitise literature because we’re trying to protect children, […]

  • Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

    Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

    +-*In his post Why Daydreamers Are More Creative, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD covers a number of fascinating topics relating to the creative mind, and he explains, “Latent inhibition is a filtering mechanism that we share with other animals…[and] involves the ability to consider something as relevant even if it was previously tagged as […]

  • You are weird

    You are weird

    +-*By Morty Lefkoe All of you who read my blog posts and who signed up on my website to eliminate a limiting belief are “weird,” according to best-selling author and popular blogger Seth Godin. Why would he apply that term to you? Seth uses the term “weird” to describe anyone who is not “normal,” in […]

  • Intensity of the imagination: Precious and Phoebe in Wonderland

    Intensity of the imagination: Precious and Phoebe in Wonderland

    +-*The movies Precious, and Phoebe in Wonderland both have characters that make use of their imaginational intensity or overexcitability as part of their personality and a valuable way to deal with challenges in their lives. What is intensity / overexcitability? Stephanie Tolan, a writer and advocate for extremely bright children, notes the original Polish word […]

  • Nicole Kidman: high ability and complexity

    Nicole Kidman: high ability and complexity

    +-*“You live with a lot of complicated emotions as an actor, and they whirl around you and create havoc at times… I’m willing to fly close to the flame.” Nicole Kidman “Creatively gifted children and adults are emotionally intense and have rich inner lives…It is natural for the gifted to feel deeply and to experience […]

  • Elaine Aron on holiday stress relief for sensitive people

    Elaine Aron on holiday stress relief for sensitive people

    +-*Elaine Aron, PhD wrote in an issue of her newsletter about holiday season challenge – for highly sensitive people (HSPs), but her perspectives can be helpful for anyone: “Here come the holidays and the New Year. Give yourself a gift by remembering to do this time of year your way: If you are already doing […]


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  • Impostor phenomenon: Gerard Butler - "Have I ever thought I was a fraud? Maybe 18 hours a day."

    Impostor phenomenon: Gerard Butler – “Have I ever thought I was a fraud? Maybe 18 hours a day.”

    +-*These quotes by Gerard Butler are from Erik Hedegaard’s profile, Gerry the Sinner / Gerry the Saint, Men’s Journal, April 2010. That I got through all that I got through to be where I am, it doesn’t make sense — this kind of lost soul studying law in Scotland and then moving to London with […]

  • Living authentically takes guts

    Living authentically takes guts

    +-*“The most courageous thing a person can do is to live an authentic life.” Terri Amos, a spiritual coach, also thinks “We are all worthy of living fully with overflowing abundance. If you don’t believe this for yourself, then I ask that you look at your limiting beliefs… and let me tell you, we all […]

  • Brit Marling: "A pull between art and commerce"

    Brit Marling: “A pull between art and commerce”

    +-*“It’s so true that now if you want to be an artist you have to be an entrepreneur too.” Brit Marling From interview by Susan Sarandon, the lab magazine [photo by Hilary Walsh]. Here are a couple of ventures I have come across to help creative people be more successful as entrepreneurs: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the founder […]

  • Ian McKellen on being authentic

    Ian McKellen on being authentic

    +-*Our personal identity – and how confident we are with it – can have a huge impact on our esteem and how fully we express our talents. Ian McKellen has commented, “The proposition from Mephistopheles as you sign the agreement that you will become a Hollywood star is that you will lie about yourself. That’s […]

  • Developing Creativity In The Zone

    Developing Creativity In The Zone

    +-*“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” That is a brief description of the state of flow, also called “being in the zone,” as described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high), who says we can […]

  • Anxiety and body reactions

    +-*From article: Causes of Panic Attacks, by Joe Barry McDonagh. Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. All of its effects are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Thus, the sole purpose of anxiety is to protect the individual from harm. When confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to […]

  • Norah Jones on sensitivity and criticism

    Norah Jones on sensitivity and criticism

    +-*In addition to helping fuel creativity and a richer experience of life, being highly sensitive can make us more vulnerable to self-criticism (and other issues). Elaine Aron, PhD writes about one source or form of this, and how it impacts self-esteem: “Are you often stuck in ranking? Then you are often undervaluing yourself. It’s natural.” […]

  • Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit?

    Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit?

    +-*By Cat Robson What are some of the considerations that lead sensitive and gifted adults to take psychiatric medications? What are some of the reasons people stop taking medications? What are the alternatives? My inner life, and sometimes my outer life, is painful/chaotic/confusing. The DSM symptoms list for certain mental illnesses seem to fit me […]

  • Anger and creativity

    Anger and creativity

    +-*Actor and Singer/songwriter Melora Hardin said in our interview: “Anger is the best propeller for any kind of action, it really gets you moving. It’s a good thing. A healthy thing. “But I also think a lot of people — like some songwriters I interact with — get really caught in the trap of feeling […]

  • Perfectionism and Brene Brown on The Gifts of Imperfection

    Perfectionism and Brene Brown on The Gifts of Imperfection

    +-*Perfectionism can be an unhealthy way to try to satisfy distorted ego needs or defuse shame or low self-esteem, for example – but it is a simple name for what can be a complex set of drives and attitudes that can also fuel our pursuit of excellence and motivate social change. Hilary Swank: “The great […]

  • Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity

    Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity

    +-*Wunderkind, genius, prodigy. Freak, geek, nerd. How we label exceptional people and ourselves affects our identity and what we think about the reality and value of our talents, and the possibilities of expressing them in the world. One of the most positive experiences for me in high school was my friendship with an artist (painter, […]

  • Elyn Saks, Schizophrenia and Creativity

    Elyn Saks, Schizophrenia and Creativity

    +-*Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. notes that schizotypy, a milder version of schizophrenia, “consists of a constellation of personality traits that are evident in some degree in everyone.” “Research confirms a link between schizotypy and creative achievement. In particular, ‘positive’ schizotypal traits such as unusual perceptual experiences and magical beliefs tend to be elevated […]

  • The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

    The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

    +-*Many highly talented, creative people experience some degree of anxiety, as well as depression. This writer is a “psychologist and nutrition specialist who personally dealt with depression for nearly 20 years, and through his research developed a way to shift your focus and change your mindset, to re-gain control over your thoughts and feelings.” ~ […]

  • Creating is a way to channel our emotional intensity

    Creating is a way to channel our emotional intensity

    +-*“Creating art has always been a way to channel emotional intensity.” Psychologist Cheryl Arutt “Our impulse to be creative can be one of the most dynamic methods of meeting and redeeming one’s devils and demons.” Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond Acting is one form of creative expression that artists can use to channel their intensity and […]

  • Michael Chabon: Entertainment has a bad name

    Michael Chabon: Entertainment has a bad name

    +-*Writer Michael Chabon comments on the value of not defining creative work – and ourselves as creators – too narrowly: “Entertainment has come to mean junk. But its definition also should include everything pleasurable that arises from an encounter with literature. “Entertainment has a bad name. Serious people learn to mistrust and even to revile […]


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