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Self-esteem: what's so good about it?

Self-esteem: what’s so good about it?

Gene Simmons, asked about joining the new Donald Trump program “The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition” (starting this evening), gave one of his typical tongue in cheek responses: “I’m the next apprentice because I’m the best of the best” – adding with a big grin: “Look how sincere I am.” He also commented, “You can’t get really […]

Fear and trembling and an audience – heal anxiety

A fate worse than death Speaking in front of an audience is reportedly more fearsome than death. It doesn’t have to be a crowd – simply another person. But an audience of any size can be helpful in encouraging our creative expression and personal development – more so if we can be relaxed and authentic. […]

Any more chocolate than my limit causes anxiety

Any more chocolate than my limit causes anxiety

From article Confession: Anxiety Cause Revealed, by Jen Crippen. Why is it that when we know our limit on something and if we go beyond that, we’ll feel like “junk”? For example, I experience many food sensitivities. I can indulge in a TINY bit of dark chocolate. Key word: TINY (two 1? X 1? squares).  […]

Is doing the best you can always good?

Is doing the best you can always good?

Mel Schwartz is a psychotherapist whose work is focused on evolving consciousness and the transformative process. In this Psychology Today article he addresses a topic that affects many creative and high ability people: perfectionism – which may lead us to scrap parts of our creative efforts, such as writing, that could prove useful for a […]

New Year's resolutions and HSPs: change and intuition

New Year’s resolutions and HSPs: change and intuition

Everyone can experience emotional challenges when it comes to making life changes, but those challenges may be especially intense for highly sensitive people (HSPs). In her post Change and the HSP, from her blog “Inside the Mind of a Highly Sensitive Person,” Helen Akers takes a look at some of the challenges HSPs encounter when […]

Brainwave entrainment: Rest for our teeming mind

Brainwave entrainment: Rest for our teeming mind

Many creative and high ability people experience “an abundance of physical, sensual, creative, intellectual and emotional energy that can result in creative endeavours” as giftedness consultant Lesley Sword describes Overexcitabilities. This intensity can drive imagination, intellectual achievement and creative expression – but also lead to overwhelm and stress. One example: actor Sandra Bullock has commented: […]

James Ellroy: "Crazy suppressed s--- came out and blew up in my face."

James Ellroy: “Crazy suppressed s— came out and blew up in my face.”

From article “How James Ellroy lost his mind,” The Week, October 8, 2009. In 2001 the best-selling noir novelist had a nervous breakdown while on a book tour. James Ellroy has an intimate knowledge of despair, says Sean Woods in Rolling Stone. In 2001 he was at the top of his professional game, a best-selling […]

Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

We live in stressful times What with all the political, social, economic and personal challenges we face, there is plenty to trigger our anxiety, on multiple levels. But we don’t have to live being driven by the alarm emotions of our primitive lizard brain. In her article Exceptional Times Call for Exceptional Pleasures (on the […]

Sensitive and stressed? Jenna Forrest on calming holiday stress

Sensitive and stressed? Jenna Forrest on calming holiday stress

“Is there anything you dread about this holiday season? Do you have fears, anxiety or insecurity around seeing family members or others who don’t value you? Are you afraid of what might happen this year, or are reminded of past letdowns, abuse, or losses?” If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions you’ll benefit […]

Don't Worry, Be Happy. Mostly.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Mostly.

The lyrics of Bobby McFerrin’s song include: Don’t worry. It will soon pass, whatever it is / In your life expect some trouble  / But when you worry / You make it double / Don’t worry, be happy Being happy and positive in general is a preferable stance toward life, better for our health, creativity […]

The Monkey Mind Disruption

The Monkey Mind Disruption

Do you ever find yourself waylaid or compromised in your creative work on account of disrupting trains of thought and anxieties? It happens to most of us. In his interview for NPR about his new book “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety,” author and journalist Daniel Smith makes an interesting distinction that fear “is an […]

Morty Lefkoe on how our strong feelings get conditioned

Morty Lefkoe on how our strong feelings get conditioned

What causes anxiety and other negative emotions can result from the meaning we unconsciously attribute to events in life. And meaning can be changed. Morty Lefkoe, an expert on changing limiting beliefs, explains how classical conditioning can work against our emotional stability: How Associations Early In Life Cause Negative Emotions Later In Life Very often […]

Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress?

Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress?

From a report by Medical News Today : The demands associated with creative work activities pose key challenges for workers, according to new research out of the University of Toronto that describes the stress associated with some aspects of work and its impact on the boundaries between work and family life. Sociology professor Scott Schieman […]

Working with scary thrills or irrational dread - getting anxiety relief

Working with scary thrills or irrational dread – getting anxiety relief

Many people choose to get scared in certain situations: thrill rides, horror movies, bungee jumping, running in front of bulls. But what about dealing with unwanted terror? And can fear ever be useful? If you feel shut down or blocked from developing or expressing your talents because of anxiety, there are many ways to help […]

Why worry? Does it help us at all?

Why worry? Does it help us at all?

A college roommate of mine who was perhaps even more anxiety-prone than I was at the time, once made an offhand comment about life not being much good without worry. An outrageous idea, perhaps, but many of us live years habitually worrying – even with no real threat to be concerned about. If it is […]

Dark Chocolate as Antianxiety Drug

Dark Chocolate as Antianxiety Drug

  Chocolate could have a calming effect on our anxiety. An ounce and a half a day keeps the stress away According to the article Dark Chocolate: The New Antianxiety Drug, by Dr. Mercola, “the use of chocolate as a cure for emotional stress has gotten new support from a clinical trial. The trial found that […]

Deal With Anxiety To Be More Creative

Deal With Anxiety To Be More Creative

“How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” One form of anxiety is so-called writer’s block. This photo is Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the movie “Adaptation” by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can […]

Keeping the turmoil in your art - not your spirit

Keeping the turmoil in your art – not your spirit

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche That quote is a perspective many artists and other gifted and talented people with intense and “chaotic” inner lives may appreciate. But is turmoil necessary for creative expression? [The image, by the way, is “Bond of Union” […]

Avoid holiday stress with "9 Holiday Depression Busters"

Avoid holiday stress with “9 Holiday Depression Busters”

In her article, 9 Holiday Depression Busters, Theresa Borchard shows how to keep stress levels low and depression and anxiety at bay over the holidays. Her 9 tips run from the serious “Avoid Toxic People,” and “Make Your Own Traditions,” to the seemingly frivolous, but ingenious, “Travel With Polyester, Not Linen.” Here’s a sample: #9: […]

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.” ~ […]

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 […]