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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 […]

Disarming the brain's fear response

Disarming the brain’s fear response

Fear and anxiety can keep us from pursuing dreams, exploring creative projects and in other ways realizing our talents. Fear can take various forms such as: social anxiety, phobias, performance anxiety or stage fright. Robert Maurer, PhD has studied social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years. He notes that even […]

A bit of existential comedy: the movie "Rubber"

A bit of existential comedy: the movie “Rubber”

Lieutenant Chad [addressing the camera / movie audience]: “In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. “In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. “In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. “In the […]

How to Take Criticism from Hurtful to Helpful

How to Take Criticism from Hurtful to Helpful

By guest author Amber Hensley Even the best intentioned of people sometimes dole out criticism that can hurt your pride and flat out make you feel bad about yourself, especially if you put a lot of effort into what is being criticized. You don’t have to let criticism get to you, however, especially if you […]

Entertainment psychology - the stress of fame

Entertainment psychology – the stress of fame

Many creative and talented people choose to express themselves in performing arts such as acting and singing. But there are emotional and psychological consequences to the fame many performers gain. Helen Hunt had a thoughtful comment about becoming famous as a movie and tv star: “There’s a Rilke poem: ‘I want to unfold. / Let […]

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 […]

Anxiety relief: Energy Psychiatrist Judith Orloff on Emotional Freedom

Anxiety relief: Energy Psychiatrist Judith Orloff on Emotional Freedom

Psychiatrist Judith Orloff says one of the reasons creative people may be vulnerable to anxiety is “They are extremely sensitive.. they are very finely tuned and open to all kinds of energies from the outside, so it’s important they protect themselves and not be overwhelmed.” She notes, “People need immediate relief for anxiety; they don’t […]

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 […]

The Lizard Brain and the Resistance

The Lizard Brain and the Resistance

The triune brain model of the nervous system (to simplify it) says we have a reptilian complex as the most “primitive” part of our brain, plus the limbic system and the neocortex. In his article The Evolution of Anxiety, Rich Presta explains that the amygdala is part of the “reptilian brain” – “because it’s been […]

27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

In her article, 27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person, Andrea Runyan discusses how sensitive students can manage the stresses of housing, emotional life, parties, eating, studying, professors and friends. “College is a crucial time in life and doing well, both in classes and in general life, can have large ramifications for […]

Distracting ourselves from creative work

Distracting ourselves from creative work

“To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” That is writer ‘Charlie Kaufman’ [played by Nicolas Cage] in the movie “Adaptation” – written by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can so often beset creative […]

Hypnotherapy for anxiety and personal development

Hypnotherapy for anxiety and personal development

Does hypnosis work? There is a wealth of research and clinical experience to confirm it as an effective part of psychotherapy, and as a self-help approach that can relieve many physical and emotional challenges, and enhance personal growth. “Look Into My Eyes: You Are Feeling Sleepy.” There are many myths about hypnosis, promoted in stage […]

Stage Fright and Fear of Public Speaking

Stage Fright and Fear of Public Speaking

Many actors, musicians and other entertainers report they experience stage fright. But making a speech or public presentation can also produce so much performance anxiety you aren’t able to express your personality and creative ideas as well as you could without the fear, in more control of your emotions. Or you don’t even attempt something […]

Time to cut down on shopping in the physical world?

Time to cut down on shopping in the physical world?

If you are among the twenty percent or so of us who are highly sensitive, you may find holiday shopping scenes less and less appealing, and more stressful. Thanks to Google alerts for “highly sensitive people” I found this stimulating post on the topic, from The Highly Sensitive Christian blog. Here is an excerpt: Six […]

Relieving anxiety: Slow down, you do too much

Relieving anxiety: Slow down, you do too much

Trying to keep too many projects going at once – doing too much multitasking – is not only likely to decrease our real productivity, but also increase stress and anxiety. As Laurie A. Sheppard writes in her article Curse of the Creatives: “If you feel driven, yet overwhelmed by the many diverse life goals you’re […]

All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep

All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep

James T. Webb, Ph.D. writes: “It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression.  “Although an episode of existential depression may be precipitated in anyone by a major loss or the threat of a loss which highlights the transient nature […]

Alan Alda on being a nervous wreck - and liking it

Alan Alda on being a nervous wreck – and liking it

“Fear can make you come up with strengths you didn’t know you had.” Alan Alda explains the very real value of fear in his article How to Be a Nervous Wreck: “There is a certain fear for me in acting, and it happens much earlier than opening night: it’s when I’m in a chair, reading […]

Nicole Kidman: “I’m drawn to what I’m scared of.”

In a movie, Nicole Kidman portrayed war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of novelist Ernest Hemingway. Talking about the project, and her work in general, Kidman said she loved Gellhorn’s persistence, determination and courage, and that she is “drawn to what I’m scared of. “I’m never going to let fear dominate my life. Many […]

Mindfulness training to enhance mood and memory

Mindfulness training to enhance mood and memory

A University of Pennsylvania-led study in which training was provided to a high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness training, or MT, and improvements in mood and working memory. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware and attentive of the present moment without emotional reactivity or […]