Category: Developing Creativity

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Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

There are many distorted ideas about creators – including these: “Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being for their art.” “Artists are ‘bad’ at marketing.” “Artists should accept the solitary life and find solutions on their own.” “You can’t be a mother and a successful artist.” “Artists are right-brained and aren’t very good at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

“That’s why we use the Internet and we put these projects that we do online, and anybody can contribute to them. I’m there directing, participating, curating, and editing, and we make things together.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt Well-known as an actor (movies: “Inception,” “50/50″ etc), Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also the founder and director of hitRECord.org, an online […]

Collaborating With Our Shadow Side

Collaborating With Our Shadow Side

Many artists know that our inner depths provide the material for creative expression. But much of what we have in our psyches may be shut away from awareness, by suppression and repression, and just not paying attention. This wealth of emotional and imaginational material psychologists, beginning perhaps with Carl Jung, identify as the Shadow Self. There is […]

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 […]

Forging Your Path As An Entrepreneur

Forging Your Path As An Entrepreneur

Pamela Slim is the author of books including “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur,” and is a coach and author with experience as a consultant to large corporations. She writes about some of the inner, emotional aspects of following our entrepreneurial passions: “Trying to wait until you have enough courage to start […]

Is a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent required?

Is a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent required?

Author Betty Edwards asks, “Why do we assume that a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent is required for drawing? We don’t make that assumption about other kinds of abilities. “If you can catch a baseball, thread a needle, or hold a pencil and write your name, you can learn to draw skillfully, artistically, and creatively.” […]

Living A Creative Life - Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

Living A Creative Life – Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD, notes “Some people become doctors, lawyers, accountants, or marketing executives. Some people stay at home and raise a family. “But millions of people make another sort of choice, maybe only as part-time employment if you count the money they earn but as their full-time identity: they become […]

Creative Artist Issues: Podcast Interview with Dr. Cheryl Arutt

Creative Artist Issues: Podcast 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 […]

Enhancing Creative Success

Enhancing Creative Success

Psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson talks in the audio clip below about the prevalent idea of ‘genius’ for whether someone can be creative – or even aspire to be. She also writes about focus and creating, and that “to be a successful creative, you need to not only be a good generator, but also a good […]

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. […]

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. […]

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) […]

Inner Creative Battles

Inner Creative Battles

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.” Author Steven Pressfield goes on to describe in his book ‘The War of Art’ how this “Resistance” holds people back from being more creative. In the Foreword, screenwriter and teacher Robert McKee explains […]

Ashley Judd and working in creative flow

Ashley Judd and working in creative flow

In an interview about acting in her film “Bug,” Ashley Judd described the state of mind she values in her work: “For me, what I look for is to do a take and have very little if any memory of what just happened. That’s the sort of take where I’m satisfied and sated and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Creativity Conference with David Burkus

The Creativity Conference with David Burkus

Host David Burkus is author of the book The Myths of Creativity. He summarizes the online conference: “We tend to think about creativity in terms that are reminiscent of the ancient muses. “We talk about being divinely inspired or have flashes of insight, like creativity is only open to a lucky few. “The truth is […]

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 […]

Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on Teaching the Creative Process

Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on Teaching the Creative Process

In one of their Psychology Today posts, the Root-Bernsteins declare: “Teach how knowledge is made and you teach for creativity.” Here is more from their post: Creativity is not a “you have it” or “you don’t” kind of thing. It isn’t a personality trait. It’s not a “one size fits all” habit of mind. It’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Stop Creative Thinking

How to Stop Creative Thinking

Are you waiting for a muse? Are you telling yourself you are not creative? Those are two of the limitations creativity author Michael Michalko addresses in his article The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Creative Thinking. Here are two excerpts, with some of my comments. SIN ONE – “People do not believe they are creative. […]

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 […]

Confabulation and Creating

Confabulation and Creating

One simplified definition of confabulation is, “An attempt to fill in memory gaps by fabricating information or details.” (Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.) It’s probably something our minds do regularly. Painter Robert Genn notes it can be “the confusion of imagination with memory, and/or the confusion of true memories with false memories.” So what does this […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

Jonah Lehrer on the Science of Creativity & Innovation

Jonah Lehrer on the Science of Creativity & Innovation

“I have always spent most of my time staring out the window, noting what is there, daydreaming, or brooding.”  Joyce Carol Oates One of the themes that writer Jonah Lehrer develops in his book “Imagine: How Creativity Works” is that daydreaming can enhance creativity and innovation. Einstein was expelled from school (in 1894) for “undermining […]

Be more creative - Part 2

Be more creative – Part 2

Articles and other resources for helping you gain new perspectives and be more creative: ideas for enhancing creativity and innovation. ~~~~~~~ The Secret to Creativity: Mike Dillon at TEDxEastsidePrep “Creativity is not some sort of rare magic, it’s actually an infinite resource – and it’s kinda like a virus.” “Mike Dillon’s background spans over three […]

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 […]