Category: Psychology

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 […]

Steve Wozniak on being shy

Steve Wozniak on being shy

Many accomplished people have been shy during periods of their life. Two examples: Craig McCaw – “Telecommunications billionaire and wireless pioneer, Craig McCaw recognized that shortcomings (shyness and dyslexia) could also be assets. “Maybe my whole attitude toward life comes from being forced, as a relatively shy person, to confront people and ask them to […]

Claire Danes and Temple Grandin on Autism and thinking differently

Claire Danes and Temple Grandin on Autism and thinking differently

“My visual thinking gives me the ability to ‘test-run’ in my head a piece of equipment I’ve designed, just like a virtual reality computer system.” – Temple Grandin, PhD She was portrayed by Claire Danes in an HBO movie “Temple Grandin.” From post: HBO’s Autistic Hero, by Jace Lacob : “Playing somebody who is wired […]

Harvard research: We can think ourselves younger and healthier

Harvard research: We can think ourselves younger and healthier

Harvard Professor Ellen Langer and colleague Alia Crum reported that they took 84 hotel workers and told one group that “the work they do (cleaning hotel rooms) is good exercise and satisfies the Surgeon General’s recommendations for an active lifestyle.” Langer and Crum told the control group nothing. Four weeks later, the control group hadn’t […]

Filling your time with meaning

Filling your time with meaning

“Drawing is sort of therapy for me. I draw in between film shooting sessions, I draw while flying on airplanes, and sometimes when I have days off.” Actor Jane Seymour [from the page Painting 2] Actively making a life of meaning beyond work can help keep us emotionally healthy and creatively dynamic. Gabriel Byrne notes […]

It Can’t Be Done

It Can’t Be Done

By Morty Lefkoe “It can’t be done” is never the truth. What people really are saying when they utter these words is: “I don’t how how to do it.” Or, “it can’t be done the way we’ve always tried in the past.” Or, “it can’t be done according to the only way I can think […]

Can we be too perfectionistic?

Can we be too perfectionistic?

By Cat Robson Painter Elizabeth Murray comments, “When I’m in the studio working, I reach a point at which I know I could stop – that the painting is fine as it is – but I feel that there’s something else I want, something more, and I keep pushing, bringing the painting to another place. […]

Anger and creativity

Anger and creativity

Actor and Singer/songwriter Melora Hardin said in our interview: “Anger is the best propeller for any kind of action, it really gets you moving. It’s a good thing. A healthy thing. “But I also think a lot of people — like some songwriters I interact with — get really caught in the trap of feeling […]

Music Lives in a Different Part of the Brain

Music Lives in a Different Part of the Brain

“I think it’s true of all stammerers. They can’t stammer when they sing.” Carly Simon As a child, Carly Simon suffered from stuttering, and found that singing helped. She commented, “There’s something about the mind connecting differently to the vocal cords when you apply either rhythm or melody.” Glen Campbell, 75, recently made public the […]

Bill Harris on consciousness technology & holosync

Bill Harris on consciousness technology & holosync

The image is from the book Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge, by B. Alan Wallace, founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. The book notes “There are certainly kinds of neuronal activity that causally contribute to the emergence of specific states of consciousness and mental activity.” Bill Harris, Director […]

Abraham Maslow and Humanism - how to be self actualized

Abraham Maslow and Humanism – how to be self actualized

Our extraordinary potential Humanism may be summarized as “any system or mode of thought which emphasizes human interests, values, and dignity.” To get more specific with reference to personal growth, it is a central philosophy in the Human Potential Movement, which “formed around the concept of cultivating extraordinary potential that its advocates believed to lie […]

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. […]

The Islanders - A Fable by Idries Shah

The Islanders – A Fable by Idries Shah

Excerpts from The Islanders – A Fable The insular society became more and more complex, and we can look at only a few of its outstanding features. Its literature was a rich one. In addition to cultural compositions, there were numerous books which explained the values and achievements of the nation…. There was also a […]

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 […]

Harry Potter and positive psychology

Harry Potter and positive psychology

In a BBC Radio interview, Stephen Fry asked ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling about “not holding back from the difficult and the frightening and the treacherous and the unjust and all the things that most exercise children’s minds.” Rowling (her name rhymes with bowling, rather than howling) replied, “I feel very strongly that there is […]

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 […]

Our potential for evil and malevolent creativity

Our potential for evil and malevolent creativity

Megamind: “All men must choose between two paths. Good is the path of honour, heroism, and nobility. Evil… well, it’s just cooler.” Psychologist Rollo May explains the classic Greek conception of the “daimonic” or darker side of our being (unlike the demonic, which is merely destructive) is “as much concerned with creativity as with negative […]

More than conscious thinking in The Secret

More than conscious thinking in The Secret

In her article The Secret Behind The Secret, Susan Fuller reminds us that more than conscious thinking impacts our lives and success: “As The Secret streaks across the planet with dizzying speed, this seems like a good time to revisit this thing called ‘The Law of Attraction’. “Every book on achieving your goals and attracting […]

Memory training for increasing brainpower

Memory training for increasing brainpower

Excerpts from article: “A new study has found that it may be possible to train people to be more intelligent, increasing the brainpower they had at birth. “Until now, it had been widely assumed that the kind of mental ability that allows us to solve new problems without having any relevant previous experience — what […]

Restlessness and Jagged Edges

Restlessness and Jagged Edges

“I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do. “I believe, in short, that we are equally beholden to heart and mind, and that […]

Dysrationalia: defects in real-world intelligence

Dysrationalia: defects in real-world intelligence

Try this simple test: “Jack is looking at Anne, but Anne is looking at George. Jack is married, but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person?” The possible answers are A) Yes; B) No, and C) Cannot be determined. The answer follows below, but try to figure it out first. […]

Feeding our spirituality with fantasy films

Feeding our spirituality with fantasy films

“The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.” That quote by Marion Woodman, a mythopoetic author and Jungian analyst, is from the page Spirituality. One of the reasons films like “The Golden Compass,” “Beowulf,” the “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” […]

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 […]

Awakening the Inner Sense – Some Methods and Meditation Objects

Awakening the Inner Sense – Some Methods and Meditation Objects

From article:  Awakening the Inner Sense – Some Methods and Meditation Objects, By Floco Tausin. What we know as our weekday is a tide of miscellaneous information which we receive with our five senses and put together to an integral picture in the brain. The sense organs are the gates of our body – they […]

Dyslexia and Creativity

Dyslexia and Creativity

Erin Brockovich commented about the famous Hinkley, California vs PG&E lawsuit featured in the movie (starring Julia Roberts) and about using her dyslexia: “I can still go through all 634 plaintiffs. I learned to do that because of my dyslexia. I had no real coping skills; I could not read and comprehend in my brain […]

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 […]

Allan Snyder on savant syndrome and creativity

Allan Snyder on savant syndrome and creativity

Darold Treffert, MD explains, “Savant Syndrome is a rare, but spectacular, condition in which persons with various developmental disabilities, including Autistic Disorder, have astonishing islands of ability or brilliance that stand in stark, markedly incongruous contrast to the over-all handicap.” From his article The Savant Syndrome: Islands of Genius. Daniel Tammet , as one example, […]

Bill Harris on cognitive development

Bill Harris on cognitive development

“Unless you can be aware of something, you can’t be moral about it, feel something about it, create art about it…” Bill Harris is a “long time student of contemporary psychology, quantum mechanical physics, the evolution of non-linear systems (chaos theory) and the effects of a wide range of neurotechnologies on human change, evolution and […]

What about intuition?

What about intuition?

Can intuition be a useful extension or complement to rational thought? Many think so. Others caution it can be uncertain and misleading. Author and coach Tama J. Kieves notes we may block intuitive understanding because “It’s hard to let insights in, if we’ve dead bolted the doors. “Sometimes we are begging for clarity, just as […]

Are Creative Brains Different?

Are Creative Brains Different?

Some research concludes “Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists.” But with the flood of brain imaging studies, it is worth noting there are critiques of the validity and meaning of the technology. Continued: Do Artists Have Unique Brains? ~~~~ Related articles The “Right Brain” Is Not the Only Source of Creativity Why Your […]

Celebrity and narcissism

Celebrity and narcissism

Narcissism may show up as a sense of entitlement, and feeling of immunity from normal human responsibility and consequence. It is something that can affect many talented people who gain celebrity status. Before Lindsay Lohan was arrested one time, she reportedly commandeered a car and took three men hostage, according to video interviews with those […]

More aware of our inner entities

More aware of our inner entities

“Both sides of me were in dead earnest; I was no more myself when I laid aside restraint and plunged in shame, than when I labored in the eye of day, at the furtherance of knowledge or the relief of sorrow and suffering.” The classic story of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis […]