Category: Developing Creativity

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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 […]

Fun is okay - it's even good for our personal growth

Fun is okay – it’s even good for our personal growth

Laura Berman Fortgang comments in her book The Little Book on Meaning: Why We Crave It, How We Create It : “I remember once suggesting to a client that his life could be fun. It was such an insult to his intelligence that he walked out of my office never to return. I was fired. […]

Developing Multiple Talents - The Pleasures of Creative Polymathy

Developing Multiple Talents – The Pleasures of Creative Polymathy

Many, if not most, creative people are multitalented and explore a variety of interests in different forms of creative expression. Among the purposes of the Talent Development Resources series of sites is celebrating multitalented creative people, and exploring how they realize those many talents. In his post “That’s DR. Winnie to you: A New Child […]

Aren't All Creative People Multitalented?

Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented?

They may be identified with one form of creativity – such as writing or acting, one of the visual arts, or performing music – but so many creative people work in multiple ways, in more than one area of expression. And they may not even think it is extraordinary to be so multifaceted. In his […]

Creative Artist Issues: Audio Interview with Dr. Cheryl Arutt

Creative Artist Issues: Audio Interview with Dr. Cheryl Arutt

Dr. Cheryl Arutt is a clinical psychologist, specializing in creative artist issues and other topics. She is also a forensic and media consultant. Topics in our audio interview include high sensitivity, regulating disruptive feelings, destructiveness vs creativity, pain and creativity, being unconventional vs rebellion against the self, the fight-or-flight response, and other issues which can […]

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality

Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high) notes creative people are especially complex. “Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.” Personality characteristics he describes include: * Humble and proud, both painfully self-doubting and wildly self-confident. * May defy gender stereotypes, and are likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but […]

Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

There are many concepts about how to develop creativity in corporations and individuals, starting at an early age. Here are a few key ideas from several sources: ~ ~ ~ Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Creativity is a Decision: Keys to Developing Creativity in Children and Adults By Wesley Fryer. These are my […]

Painter Amadea Bailey: Making Order Out of Chaos

Painter Amadea Bailey: Making Order Out of Chaos

In my interview with Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. – titled The Psychology of Creativity: redeeming our inner demons – he commented “Creativity is one of humankind’s healthiest inclinations, one of our greatest attributes.” He declares in his book, “Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity” that our impulse to […]

Myths of Creativity and Creators

Myths of Creativity and Creators

“I just thought making movies was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn’t one of those.” Jane Campion When “The Artist’s Way” author and creativity coach Julia Cameron has asked people to list ten traits they think artists have, their responses have included: “Artists are broke,” “Artists are crazy,” “Artists […]

Developing Creativity: Our Stuff is the Raw Material

Developing Creativity: Our Stuff is the Raw Material

One of the enduring ideas about developing creativity is to that creative people such as writers need to “get out of their own way” so they can more freely express their inner experience. It is also potentially a core benefit of counseling or psychotherapy. But what does that really mean: getting out of our own […]

Conformity and Creativity

Conformity and Creativity

“The worship of convention will never lead to astonishment.” Tama J. Kieves Author and personal development coach Tama Kieves faced a number of challenges after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, but felt compelled to leave her career as “an overworked attorney” to follow her “soul’s haunting desire to become a writer.” In her […]

Diablo Cody on Developing Creativity

Diablo Cody on Developing Creativity

Diablo Cody wrote some of my favorite projects: the films Juno, and Jennifer’s Body, and the unfortunately canceled TV series United States of Tara. In several interviews and her own writing before the Oscar win, she talked about her perspectives on creative expression, on being an artist, and keeping her work real. “The stuff that […]

Smoking and Creativity

Smoking and Creativity

Molière: “No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say, nothing is equal to tobacco; it’s the passion of the well-bred, and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.” “While I was doing Eraserhead I had 40 coffees every day and I smoked 40 cigarettes.” – David Lynch Filmmaker, musician and visual […]

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 […]

The art of developing creativity: are we all creative?

The art of developing creativity: are we all creative?

Is creativity a universal trait? Is creativity possible for any of us? Yes, it is a pretty dumb question, but it can be all too easy to take on some form of belief that only kids or “artists” or “professionals” can use their minds in truly creative ways. In one of his sermons, Reverend David […]

Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

This long page includes a video of my online 1 hour presentation, plus multiple short video excerpts, plus notes and multiple links to articles and other resources. Main topics: Personality: High Sensitivity | Self Concept / Self Esteem Mental Health: Anxiety | Depression | Trauma Sections include: A Complex Personality Insecurity and Androgyny High Sensitivity […]

Resources for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

Resources for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

You may be a published author – or aspire to be one. Here are several programs that can provide substantial guidance and resources to enhance your success as a writer and creative entrepreneur. Read about these programs – The Transformational Author Experience Mark Matousek’s  Writing Through Fear course The Creative Penn – Training For Authors […]

Toxic Criticism and Developing Creativity

Toxic Criticism and Developing Creativity

Healthy criticism can help refine our creative talents and projects, enabling our pursuit of excellence. But when criticism is based on excessive perfectionism or an unrealistic self concept, it can be destructive and self-limiting, eroding our creative assurance and vitality. In one of his podcast series, creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel declares, “Criticism is […]

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen on Art and Being Creative

“The function of artists is to keep people childlike in a positive way. To keep open to the world.” Viggo Mortensen continues, “Apart from traveling to different countries, to different communities, to different parts of your city, I think that art is one of the greatest anti-war and anti-poverty weapons.” Continued in The Creative Mind […]

Developing Creativity: Resource Links

Developing Creativity: Resource Links

In researching articles for my various sites, I come across many helpful resource sites and articles on creativity research, innovation and developing creativity. Here are a few. ~~~~~~~ Creativity at Work: Developing creativity and innovation in organizations Founder: Linda Naiman – a creativity and innovation consultant. “Our focus is on leadership and team development, creativity, […]

Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

Like many artists, Terrence Howard is multitalented; before acting he studied chemical engineering at Pratt University, and has produced an album of his “urban country” music. His quotes and perspectives below are from a Bullz-Eye Interview by Jason Zingale (2005). We have to remember.. that we’re all artists. Every one of us is an artist, […]

Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

What lies beneath our usual waking consciousness provides so much of the material we can use for creative expression. The Red Book is a new publication of Carl Jung’s journals and explorations into his soul and psyche. More on that later, but first – two artists talk about using their subconscious for creative inspiration. A […]

Creative Development: Actively Caress Wonder. Play.

Creative Development: Actively Caress Wonder. Play.

“An artist must actively caress wonder: for fascination, like the desire to play, can be eradicated by the rigors of living.” Eric Maisel “There is a myth, common in American culture, that work and play are entirely separate activities.” That is a quote by Laura Seargeant Richardson, a principal designer at frog design, who “specializes […]

Developing Creativity: Three Part Harmony with SARK

Developing Creativity: Three Part Harmony with SARK

Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, better known as SARK to millions of fans worldwide, is a writer and visual artist who “encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.” [From summary of her book Succulent Wild Woman.] Julia Cameron, author […]

Passion Fuels Creative Expression

Passion Fuels Creative Expression

“Whatever it is, I have to really love it – that’s what’s important to me. “I wouldn’t have done ‘The Lion King’ if I didn’t believe it has something solid to say to people.” Director Julie Taymor added, “When you approach it that way, you come at it with all your soul and intelligence.” In […]

Creative collaboration

Creative collaboration

The wry and witty TV comedy series “30 Rock” (starring and created by Tina Fey) often features scenes in the writers room for the fictional variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Actor Keith Powell (at left in photo) plays the stuffy, Harvard-educated writer James “Toofer” Spurlock. He sat in on the real “30 Rock” writers room […]

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

“Something really vital happens if we treat the things that give us the most joy and delight – like, say, our creative abilities – as gifts…” – Jericha Senyak In her thoughtful and stimulating post “I is for Imagination” artist Jericha Senyak writes about some posts on my blog The Creative Mind, that they “seem […]

An Intense Inner Pressure to Create

An Intense Inner Pressure to Create

In her book, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen quotes some insightful comments by Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper Review, a professional journal on the gifted) about the intense inner pressure to create as a characteristic of high ability people: “Gifted adults may be overwhelmed by the pressure of their own creativity. The gifted […]

A great artist can come from any background

A great artist can come from any background

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. “We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in […]

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne comments on some of his creative thinking and process: “There is something so unexpected when seeing a picture of a piece of your work. It’s similar to my first gallery opening. A picture can’t change just as a piece can no longer be altered once it is in public, untouchable on […]

Stop Whining And Get Back To Work

Stop Whining And Get Back To Work

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”) relates the story of a friend of hers, “an Italian filmmaker of great artistic sensibility” who, following years of struggling to get his films made, sent “an anguished letter to his hero, the brilliant (and perhaps half-insane) German filmmaker Werner Herzog. “My friend complained about how difficult it is […]

Eric Maisel on his course "Your Life in the Arts"

Eric Maisel on his course “Your Life in the Arts”

Creativity coach, therapist and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD is author of more than 30 books including Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, Coaching the Artist Within and many other titles on developing creativity and a creative life. In his course Your Best Life in the Arts, he provides “real answers to the challenges that confront […]

The Power of Subconscious Thinking

The Power of Subconscious Thinking

Director Mike Nichols recognizes the value for creative expression of our unconscious depths. “In making movies,” he said, “time is so short — because it is so expensive — that we tend to neglect the place from which the best ideas come, namely that part of ourselves that dreams. “The unconscious is our best collaborator. […]