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Why We Don't Create

Why We Don’t Create

“To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” Screenwriter ‘Charlie Kaufman’ (Nicolas Cage) in the movie “Adaptation” – written by the real Charlie Kaufman about some of his own creative anxieties. Cynthia Morris is a writer, writing coach, teacher, and speaker. She provides a wide range of […]

Performance anxiety: Biofeedback relieves stage fright

Performance anxiety: Biofeedback relieves stage fright

By Cat Robson When I was acting, I had recurring nightmares of being in unknown plays without a clue of my role, and paralyzing real-life panic right before the curtain came up. Many talented musicians, actors, speakers and others experience performance anxiety, often called stage fright. A new study shows that biofeedback can be highly […]

Promoting awareness about childhood sensitivity

Promoting awareness about childhood sensitivity

Author Jenna Forrest writes: “Like many sensitive, anxious elementary school kids, I was overwhelmed with my day to day life. “I thought my sensory overload, deep empathy and social shyness meant there was something wrong with me. At the same time, I felt a strong sense of these traits being very important to my future.” […]

Mindfulness for stress and anxiety, and for advanced living

Mindfulness for stress and anxiety, and for advanced living

In his article “One Approach to Apply Immediately When Stress is Affecting Your Professional and Personal Life!“, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. writes : “Mindfulness is the ability to intentionally paying attention to the present moment without our filters of judgment (e.g., good/bad, right/wrong, fair/unfair). “In other words, it is the art of cultivating the ability to […]

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 […]

Creating and Fear

Creating and Fear

Karen Moncrieff, after working for years as an actor, became a screenwriter. In a magazine article, she notes “Writing felt so comfortable in a way that acting never really did. With writing, I was using all parts of myself, all of my skills.” She said, “I let my emotions and feelings be my guide. I […]

Dealing with the fear of public speaking

Dealing with the fear of public speaking

In his article Getting Rid of the Fear of Public Speaking Has to be Difficult – Are You Sure?, Morty Lefkoe writes, “After helping hundreds of people with a fear of public speaking totally eradicate that fear, we discovered that there are only a few beliefs that cause the fear.” Here are some of those […]

Is it a disorder, or just shyness?

Is it a disorder, or just shyness?

“As a child, I was very shy. Painfully, excruciatingly shy. I hid a lot in my room. I was so terrified to read out loud in school that I had to have my mother ask my reading teacher not to call on me in class.” – Kim Basinger Many of us were shy as children, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Imagery and Biofeedback for Health

Imagery and Biofeedback for Health

Wild Divine offers interactive biofeedback programs that enable you to control computer visual displays, including games, to support meditation and stress relief. Wild Divine programs have been created by leaders including Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Zen Master Nissim Amon and others. “The exercises in Healing Rhythms affect not only the […]

Anxiety relief - overcoming social phobia

Anxiety relief – overcoming social phobia

If fear of rejection has led you to distance yourself from people, especially groups, there are several specific things you can do. First and foremost, you need to build a sense of your own self-worth. In addition to this, cognitive-behavioral therapy offers three specific types of interventions… From article Do You Want To Overcome Your […]

Panic Attacks: Nature Out Of Context

Panic Attacks: Nature Out Of Context

Writer  Jen Crippen points out: “Panic attacks were once nature’s way of keeping a person alive in a very dangerous situation. “The surge of adrenaline pumped through the body during an attack allowed early man to outrun deadly predators, or claw themselves out from an avalanche of heavy debris. “Today, there are people who have […]

Peak performance requires stress relief

Peak performance requires stress relief

A newspaper story reports: “The brain images of the stressed medical students gave the inside story: During the attention-shifting task, activity in their prefrontal cortices — the seat of such functions as attention, task-planning and judgment — was far lower than that of the non-stressed-out.” From article Peak personal performance requires stress relief. See a […]

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 […]

Scarlett Johansson and Eric Maisel on stage fright

Scarlett Johansson and Eric Maisel on stage fright

Scarlett Johansson says she feels panic when she thinks about performing her songs live. The actress and singer collaborated with Pete Yorn for their ‘Break Up‘ album. In an interview, she responds to a question about performing as a singer: [How does the pressure of live musical performance compare to appearances in front of the […]

Ten Tips For Relieving Anxiety

Ten Tips For Relieving Anxiety

HealthNewsDigest. “Garden variety” stressors aside, it’s no wonder anxiety is our nation’s number one mental health disorder. Natural disasters, terrorism, financial collapse, pandemics, crime, and war threaten the security of our homes and family. It’s a disorder that millions of people suffer from, but few talk about. “If you walk down the street on any […]

Anxiety and the Amygdala

Anxiety and the Amygdala

A news article reports, “The amygdala is known to be involved in social anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and obsessions and compulsions, and is now being linked with separation anxiety and general anxiety.” // Excerpt from lyrics (based on Emily Dickinson) in video: Fearing – by The Amygdaloids While I was fearing it came But with less […]

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 […]