Category: Developing Creativity

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Nurturing creativity in solitude

Musician Ani DiFranco produced her album, “Educated Guess,” entirely on her own. An interviewer asked, “Your approach, your energy on the current tour and on the new album seem different. Why is that?” DiFranco: “The difference is solitude. I have it in my life now, and I didn’t for years, at all… now I’m alone […]

Too Much Perfectionism

Too Much Perfectionism

“Were it not for perfectionism, we would be in short supply of all those myriad human activities we deem extraordinary, excellent, outstanding or great in quality.” Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. continues: “Once upon a time perfectionism was perceived not as neurosis, but rather as a sign of commitment, caring, and devotion to one’s work…” […]

Dancing With Our Unconscious

Dancing With Our Unconscious

Being creative and realizing our talents involves self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths. In an interview about her film “Flightplan,” Jodie Foster commented, “When you’re a dramatic actor you look for films that hit you in the gut, in this unconscious place that really moves you, and then you can’t […]

Myths Of Creativity in Business

Myths Of Creativity in Business

In a Fast Company magazine article a few years ago, Bill Breen addressed business creativity and innovation in the workplace and asked, “What can leaders do to sustain the stimulants to creativity — and break through the barriers?” He outlined a number of myths related to developing creativity that psychologist Teresa Amabile (Harvard Business School) […]

Developing Creativity Daily

Developing Creativity Daily

This is a new version of my newsletter – now published as a daily to include many more of my posts. You can read it online in a larger format, and subscribe at: Developing Creativity Daily ~~~~ Originally posted 2013-07-13 11:53:54.

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 […]

More Intelligence, More Creative?

More Intelligence, More Creative?

How do intelligence and creative ability interact? Do we get more creative with more intelligence? Dean Keith Simonton, PhD thinks “Intelligence is purely a cognitive construct. Creativity on the other hand, I see as being much more complex.” Like other writers on creativity, he makes a distinction between “little c creativity” and “big C creativity.” […]

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 […]

Business Creativity and Innovation - Always Positive?

Business Creativity and Innovation – Always Positive?

“Everything you do as an entrepreneur, whether it’s writing, speaking, coming up with innovative ideas, etc… is sourced from your creativity.” Entrepreneur and coach Katie Freiling – from post (with video) A Powerful Strategy To Unleash Your Creative Genius. Business may thrive on innovation, but there is also research indicating that leaders should not be […]

Trusting Your Creative Self

Trusting Your Creative Self

If we are willing to put our creative work out there – into the world in some way – it will be judged and ranked. What if our book doesn’t make it to a bestseller list, our painting is not accepted by a gallery, our blog doesn’t show up on a Google page one, or […]

Creative expression: lead into gold

Creative expression: lead into gold

Creative expression can transform pain, and provide strength and understanding to change our inner and outer realities. Some think art needs to have a major impact to be worthwhile. Franz Kafka wrote, “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us… that affect us like a disaster… A […]

Solitude is not pathology for the high sensitivity personality

Solitude is not pathology for the high sensitivity personality

Writer Susan Cain notes: “Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. “Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. “Or you’re told that you’re ‘in your […]

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

“I’ll never be the artist I was as a child.” Willa Cather We may value children, and our own child selves, as having more free and unrestrained creativity. But how true is that notion? How much do we benefit from having a child-like sense of play? Don’t we need our adult intellect to be creative? […]

Developing creativity and letting in more stimuli

Developing creativity and letting in more stimuli

An Eide Neurolearning post refers to studies on attentional style and creativity, including a study that notes, “…psychometric measures of creativity and measures of real-world creative achievement are associated with a habitual tendency toward diffuse rather than focused attention, which results in ineffective filtering of distracting or irrelevant environmental stimuli.” From the Highly Sensitive site […]

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 […]

Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books

Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books

A number of stimulating, even provocative, books in psychology can provide inspiration and insights into developing creative thinking. Here are a few examples. In her NY Times article The Power of Concentration, Maria Konnikova reports on a University of Washington study on the effects of meditation training on multitasking. She summarizes: “Researchers asked a group […]

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 […]

 Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative

Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative

Do you remember how much you felt and thought as a child? Probably a lot, especially if you were gifted and creative. As an adult, we may have learned to cover up or set aside much of our inner life, in order to get along with others and do our jobs. But if we want […]

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 […]

Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci “We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Steve Jobs Commenting about the iPod, Steve Jobs said “Look at the design of a lot of consumer products — they’re really complicated surfaces. We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Michael Gelb is […]

Artists and Mental Health

Artists and Mental Health

“Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.” Herman Melville, “Billy Budd, Sailor” According to the World Health Organization, psychological […]

Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

The Path to Discovering Your Talents and Passions, with Sir Ken Robinson “In How to Find Your Element, his 7-session workshop for YouTube channel Big Think Mentor, creativity expert Ken Robinson tackles the epidemic of dissatisfaction with work and life. In session 4, he offers suggestions and exercises for discovering what you’re naturally good at, […]

PJ Harvey: Keep moving into unknown territory

PJ Harvey: Keep moving into unknown territory

In an article, musician PJ Harvey talks about staying vital and creative. “I think of myself more as an explorer than as a maker of pop music,” PJ Harvey said while she was in town to play a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theatre [in 2007] supporting “White Chalk,” her latest album. “I don’t want to […]

Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence”

Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence”

This is the first title in my planned Creative Mind series, which explores creative talents and creative expression in terms of personal development and psychology. A number of topics are included, such as personality, inspiration, self-concept, high sensitivity, beliefs, mental health and mood, fear and courage. Information from multiple coaches and experts in psychology is […]

Nancy Andreasen on the importance of both arts and sciences for developing creativity

Nancy Andreasen on the importance of both arts and sciences for developing creativity

The Dana Foundation is “a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research” – the following is from an article on their site. At the Learning and the Brain Conference in Washington D.C., Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., discussed the importance of providing students with a “liberal education” that combines the study of the arts and […]

Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

Artist Maggie Taylor creates richly surreal and evocative images, often with themes of inner states and unusual realities. The Photoshop site describes her work: “The dreamlike world of narrative photomontages – Alchemist. Weaver of narrative collages. Image magician. Maggie Taylor and her work defy traditional labels. “Taylor…using her point-and-click camera, flatbed scanners, and Adobe® Photoshop® software, creates collaged […]

Can Mood Swings Enhance Our Creativity?

Can Mood Swings Enhance Our Creativity?

“To assume, then, that such diseases usually promote artistic talent wrongly reinforces simplistic notions of the ‘mad genius.’” Kay Redfield Jamison In an interview for NPR radio, science writer Jonah Lehrer commented, “One of the surprising things that’s emerged from the study of moods…is that putting [people] in a bad mood — making them a […]

Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

Painter Rebecca Alzofon thinks “sitting still and letting ideas pass through you” is a necessary part of the creative process. “Creative work doesn’t start without stillness.” But it may take some fortitude discipline to stop ‘doing’ all the time. “A lot of people panic at first,” she says, “if they’re not used to this, they […]

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. […]

Brain Differences and Creativity

Brain Differences and Creativity

Notable creative ability and expression can be related to changes in brain structure and function from disease, stroke, injury, disability or other conditions. Darold Treffert, M.D. notes, “Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which people with developmental disabilities, including autism or other central nervous system disorders, have some remarkable islands of genius […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

How obsessive are you? Writer Bertil Hjert asks: “Are you neat? Do you like to keep everything organized, orderly and tidy? While these are great character traits in the normal course for both your work environment and your home environment, they can become confining when taken to an extreme.” From article Do You Want to […]