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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 […]

Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity

Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity

-+*“I have full PTSD that I’m still working on. I’ve done hours of therapy to process everything.” – Alanis Morissette, about dealing with the fame and responses to her album Jagged Little Pill. She comments in the same article about some of the themes of her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights: “There are many […]

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 […]

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 […]

Björk: using her music for teaching science

Björk: using her music for teaching science

-+*A new article on the Fast Company magazine site Co.Create notes that musician Björk is extending her album ‘Biophilia’ and related iTunes apps to a “multi-platform educational program for kids.” Here are some excerpts from the article: Album, concerts, repeat. That’s the music industry’s formula, and after more than 19 years of mostly following it, the […]

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 […]

Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life

Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life

-+*“I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.” “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. […]

Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

-+*Pete Townshend is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the rock group The Who – an artist in a career of more than 40 years. Rolling Stone magazine listed him among the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. His memoir ‘Who […]

Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

-+*In his new memoir “Waging Heavy Peace” Neil Young writes about one of his passions, Lionel model trains: a “very extensive collection of rarities, all proudly displayed behind glass in a room with a giant train layout” on his Northern California ranch. He refers to his collection as “a Zen experience. They allow me to […]

Being more creative: Less affected by cultural biases

Being more creative: Less affected by cultural biases

-+*Elaine Aron summarizes brain imaging research with HSPs (highly sensitive people) presented to a national conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Here is part of her summary: In this study, 10 Americans of European descent and 10 East-Asians recently in the U.S. underwent “functional magnetic resonance imaging” (fMRI). This means that while […]

Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

-+*Many gifted writers, actors, designers, entrepreneurs and other talented people achieve a lot, make notable contributions to the world, and gain recognition. But much larger numbers are not acknowledged by others, or even themselves. Author Marylou Kelly Streznewski writes, “Overall, I have concluded that there are large numbers of frustrated gifted adults, who can be […]

The Creative Personality of Terrence Malick

The Creative Personality of Terrence Malick

-+*His film “The Tree of Life” just won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but director Terrence Malick chose not to appear in person to accept it. Shyness is one of a number of personal qualities that Malick shares with many other creative and gifted people. In a recent profile article, writer Steven […]

Creativity and madness - Rollo May and Emily Dickinson on mental health and creative people

Creativity and madness – Rollo May and Emily Dickinson on mental health and creative people

-+*The topic of mental health and creative people is endlessly intriguing to many people, myself included, and is addressed in many articles on the Talent Development Resources series of sites. Here are a couple of related items, plus links to more: “Creative people, as I see them, are distinguished by the fact that they can […]

Alan Rickman on Being a Storyteller and Artist

Alan Rickman on Being a Storyteller and Artist

-+*Like many actors and artists, Alan Rickman is a complex mix of passions and personality. He talks about his love and respect for writing, and the insecurity and self-criticism that so many creative people experience. He has portrayed many powerful and intriguing characters, including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. In this video about […]

Winona Ryder on staying sane

Winona Ryder on staying sane

-+*Winona Ryder: “I was lucky in the sense that my success was gradual. But then there was a point when there was so much attention, and you get surrounded with people who sort of make you feel like you have to do everything… “It’s really tough to suddenly be very famous. I think you get […]

Director Joe Wright on His Dyslexia

Director Joe Wright on His Dyslexia

-+*“Because I think visually, not being able to read meant that other parts of my brain were pushed further…” That is a comment by movie director Joe Wright about being dyslexic, from an NPR / All Things Considered show which I found thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Facebook page of Brock Eide, MD, MA, and […]

Jessica Chastain on being sensitive and a loner

Jessica Chastain on being sensitive and a loner

-+*Acclaimed for her performance in “Zero Dark Thirty” (she garnered an Academy Award nomination) as a CIA analyst named Maya who untiringly pursues Osama bin Laden, Jessica Chastain has talked about some aspects of her personal life that may have helped her create such powerful characters. In an interview on the Charley Rose Show, Jessica […]

Photographer Irving Penn

Photographer Irving Penn

-+*Portrait of Pablo Picasso by Irving Penn | 1917-2009 Irving Penn “didn’t worry about questions of art versus commerce,” said Colin Westerbeck, a former photography curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, which owns a large collection of Penn’s work. “Photography is a mass medium available to anyone. A few geniuses, like Irving Penn, redeem […]

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 […]

Michael Jackson and Dabrowski Excitabilities

Michael Jackson and Dabrowski Excitabilities

-+*Psychomotor Overexcitability is a “surplus of energy, pressure for action, restlessness, impulsive actions, competitiveness, sleeplessness.” Stephanie Tolan notes the original Polish word can be translated more literally as “superstimulatabilities” and “involves not just psychological factors but central nervous system sensitivity.” Michael Jackson exemplified a number of these qualities as a singer and dancer. See video and more […]

Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

-+*“It was just a story I wanted to tell. Writing it was an expression of my own coming out. Getting it out there was willpower, feeling this is a universal story about identity and it has to be told.” Writer and director Dee Rees is referring to her movie “Pariah” – about a lesbian teenager […]

Nicole Kidman on being highly sensitive

Nicole Kidman on being highly sensitive

-+*“It was almost like I needed to have a day job, because this [acting] was too much fun. “But I was a highly sensitive child, and the last thing my parents wanted was for their child to go in and get hurt… “Most actors are highly sensitive people, but you have this incredible scrutiny. You […]

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 […]

Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

-+*“Though my dark side is dormant right now, it continues to play a big role in whatever capacity I have to be creative.” Jessica Lange said of her depression years ago that “it was really a tough one. And when I came out, I felt like I had gone through something and come out the […]

Creative People: Robert Fritz on Believing vs. Creating

Creative People: Robert Fritz on Believing vs. Creating

-+*Robert Fritz notes that most creative people do not always hold positive attitudes and thoughts, or think that well of themselves. Here are excerpts from an article of his: For years we have heard that what you believe will determine how well you will succeed in life. So every year, people diligently attempt to change […]

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 […]

Milla Jovovich: "Inspire yourself"

Milla Jovovich: “Inspire yourself”

-+*“As a model, a lot of girls think, ‘I can just show up and be beautiful.’ I always showed up with the intent of, I’m a muse and I will inspire you because I am inspiring myself.” Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine to father Bogdanovitch Jovovich (Serbian doctor) and mother Galina Loginova Jovovich […]

Ai Weiwei: artist and activist: "Make a little effort"

Ai Weiwei: artist and activist: “Make a little effort”

-+*The site for the documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” by director Alison Klayman describes him as “China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. “Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut […]

The Experience of Synesthesia

The Experience of Synesthesia

-+*“What would be truly surprising would be to find that sound could not suggest colour, that colours could not evoke the idea of a melody, and that sound and colour were unsuitable for the translation of ideas…” Charles Baudelaire A simple definition of synesthesia is that it is a “crosstalking” or overlapping of sensory experiences […]

Louise Bourgeois: A Balance Between Extremes

Louise Bourgeois: A Balance Between Extremes

-+*Her creative work can be “psychologically disturbing, sexually loaded and wickedly funny” according to an interview article, in which artist Louise Bourgeois talked about her emotional and social influences: “My work is a form of psychoanalysis. It is a way of coming to grips with my anxiety and fears. It is an attempt to be […]

Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

-+*A Science Channel documentary noted the writing of Philip K. Dick inspires research in “physics, robotics, even law enforcement” and that more movies have been made from his stories and novels than any other sci-fi author. “I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my […]

"I was the shyest human ever..." - Ingrid Bergman

“I was the shyest human ever…” – Ingrid Bergman

-+*“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.” – Ingrid Bergman  [imdb.com] ~ ~ Related : Artistic confidence – Being shy and an actor Actors and High Sensitivity Shyness, Introversion, Sensitivity – What’s the Difference? Shy or Introverted or Highly Sensitive in the Arts. ~~~ […]