Category: Psychology

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 […]

Shelley Carson on developing creativity

Shelley Carson on developing creativity

Shelley Carson, Ph.D. of Harvard University teaches and conducts research on creativity, psychopathology, and resilience. Topics in our audio podcast interview related to the creative mind and developing creativity include some of Dr. Carson’s seven brain activation patterns she discusses in her book Your Creative Brain. Listen to the podcast: Shelley Carson on enhancing our […]

Unlocking Your Creativity - By Brian Tracy

Unlocking Your Creativity – By Brian Tracy

“Creative thinking can be stimulated by two things; intensely desired goals and pressing problems. “Your creative capacities need something to hone in on and your job is to provide it. “To trigger your imagination, write out a clear description of your ideal end result or goal. “Be clear about the goal, be flexible about the […]

Beliefs and self-deception and the cold water study

Beliefs and self-deception and the cold water study

Our beliefs can have a profound impact on our health, personal development and how well we live consciously and creatively. A PsyBlog post summarizes a social psychology experiment* demonstrating how potent and self-limiting beliefs can be. his project involved a group of students who were told they were taking part in a study about the […]

Disarming the brain's fear response

Disarming the brain’s fear response

Fear and anxiety can keep us from pursuing dreams, exploring creative projects and in other ways realizing our talents. Fear can take various forms such as: social anxiety, phobias, performance anxiety or stage fright. Robert Maurer, PhD has studied social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years. He notes that even […]

Marge Piercy on myth and reality

Marge Piercy on myth and reality

One of the characters in Marge Piercy‘s novel He, She and It is Malkah, an older woman who writes chimeras, decoy code used to hide sensitive corporate information on the Net. Malkah says, “I cannot always distinguish between myth and reality, because myth forms reality and we act out of what we think we are; […]

Better Thinking: Cognitive Training

Better Thinking: Cognitive Training

One piece of good news is that using the Internet, particularly searching the Web, can slow our normal age-related cognitive decline. Googling is good for your brain. As Dr. Gary  Small, Direc­tor of UCLA’s Mem­ory Clinic and Cen­ter on Aging, said in an interview, “Our study ‘Your brain on Google: Pat­terns of cere­bral acti­va­tion dur­ing […]

Mary J. Blige on being more happy

Mary J. Blige on being more happy

According to a recent news article, musician Mary J. Blige “loves her fans and, deep down, she knows they love her. But that doesn’t mean all of them want her to be happy. “I had to sacrifice a million fans with this new album,” the singer said in a hushed voice. “I know a lot […]

Stifling ourselves with the need to be right

Stifling ourselves with the need to be right

“It’s not what you know that hurts you, it’s what you know that just ain’t so.” – pitcher Satchel Paige Wired magazine [Feb 2007] has an enticing section titled “What We Don’t Know” – including writing “From the desk of John Hodgman.” He is the author of The Areas of My Expertise, and the photo […]

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

The mythology of the mad artist continues in various forms, supported to some extent by research. For example, there are studies indicating writers are more susceptible to depression. Video from World Science Festival: ‘Genius’ Dark Cousin’ – “When talking about geniuses, the conversation inevitably strays towards topics of eccentricity, or even madness. One needs only […]

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 […]

Hilda Huang on Bach and video games; Gina Trapani on multitasking

Hilda Huang on Bach and video games; Gina Trapani on multitasking

Creative expression involves many skills and cognitive abilities, which may be enhanced by activities such as video games. And creative performance can enhance skills outside of art. Hilda Huang, 14, is acclaimed for her piano performances of Bach. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall at age 11. This is from a recent interview: Question: […]

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 […]

Bill Harris on formal operational thinking

Bill Harris on formal operational thinking

Formal operational thinking — the ability to think about the thinking process — allows a person to investigate a problem in a systematic manner. … The formal operational person will imagine the possibilities before they begin. They have the cognitive ability to imagine them all, hold them in awareness, and compare them. … But you […]

Developing creativity - some quotes on fear

Developing creativity – some quotes on fear

Fear may be a barrier for many of us, getting in the way of realizing our creative ventures. There are probably hundreds of related quotes and articles on the Talent Development Resources sites – here are a few. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I […]

Chris Howard on limiting belief systems

Chris Howard on limiting belief systems

Chris Howard writes in his article Program Yourself to Prosperity “The reality that you accept is made up of a matrix of interacting belief systems that can either be useful to you or disempower you. Financial beliefs that can disempower you include convictions such as “It’s hard to make money,” “You have to be born […]

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 […]

Daniel Tammet on Labels and Intelligence

Daniel Tammet on Labels and Intelligence

An author with autistic savant syndrome, Daniel Tammet thinks the astounding abilities he has, such as being able to recite 22,514 digits of pi from memory, are not due to some cerebral or genetic fluke, but based on an associative form of thinking and imagination. He thinks differences between savant and non-savant minds have been […]

We do not fear being called meticulous

We do not fear being called meticulous

“We do not fear being called meticulous, inclining as we do to the view that only the exhaustive can be truly interesting.” — Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain Photo: FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in Twin Peaks (1990-1991 TV series), recording a memo about his investigations. Concept and photo from Slaughterhouse 90210 > Related […]

Too much pursuit of happiness?

Too much pursuit of happiness?

“I believe the ultimate aim of all human beings is to obtain happiness and a sense of fulfillment.” The Dalai Lama “The effort to try and feel happy is often precisely the thing that makes us miserable.” Oliver Burkeman Seemingly endowed with endless effervescent glee, Drew Barrymore has expressed an attitude about happiness and positive […]

Susan Smalley: ADHD is beneficial to humanity

Susan Smalley: ADHD is beneficial to humanity

Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and founder of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. In her article Living And Loving ADHD, she writes about her husband Kevin Wall who, along with Al Gore, just won an Environmental Media Award for the creation of Live […]

The Psychology of Music and Success as a College Student

The Psychology of Music and Success as a College Student

By Mike Simmons Back in grade school, I can remember my father lecturing me not to watch television while studying, yet I find myself and millions of college students, relatively, doing the same thing my father warned me of; listening to music while studying. With the millennial generation concerned with what they want at a […]

Divided attention spans and creativity

Divided attention spans and creativity

“It’s hard to focus. It’s hard to have a conversation without checking the iPhone. It’s hard to go to a shrink and spend a few minutes on the couch and not need to see what’s happening…. It’s even hard to finish a thought.” That is a quote from the article A creative retreat in the […]

Video Gaming for Mental Health

Video Gaming for Mental Health

“When the player becomes stressed or fearful, the game will increase in intensity and difficulty. When the player calms himself, the game returns to its default state.” Game designer Erin Reynolds There are many different sorts of video games, and many studies on their psychological and social impacts – research that is often critical or […]

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

By guest author Alexis Bonari The entity of creativity and the ways in which it is successfully brought to fruition have been studied extensively over a significant time period. Even prior to the twentieth century, researchers were fascinated by the psychology of creativity and its manifestation in different individuals. While much has been learned on […]

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” […]

Developing creativity by nurturing divergent thinking

Developing creativity by nurturing divergent thinking

Divergent thinking is one of the defining qualities of creative and high ability people. While it may be a prominent trait of children and many gifted adults, encouraging out of the ordinary ideas can be suppressed as we “grow up” and learn to fit in. But it can also be actively nurtured. Some examples of […]

 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 […]

Our Shadow Self

Our Shadow Self

Carl Jung: “The shadow is the negative side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide. … There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection.” ~ ~ “I think many of us feel like we must wear a happy face all the time and overlook […]

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 […]

Albert Einstein on the numinous and the creative individual

Albert Einstein on the numinous and the creative individual

Albert Einstein wrote in an essay about the mystical or numinous aspects of reality: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the Mysterious — the knowledge of the existence of something unfathomable to us, the manifestation of the most profound reason coupled with the most brilliant beauty. I cannot imagine a God who rewards […]

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 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 the […]

Creative Expression and Healing

Creative Expression and Healing

“I think acting has healed me.” Charlize Theron Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic situations, providing a way to give voice to difficult feelings. Charlize Theron as a teen saw her mother shoot and kill her father in self defense. She said in a 2004 interview that her work has helped her […]

Stammering as an opportunity

Stammering as an opportunity

Following her acclaimed role in The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Blunt developed her character of ‘Prudie’ in The Jane Austen Book Club. In an interview, Blunt describes her as a “very secretive, kind of geeky looking French teacher… “It was challenging because I had to be very restrained. She was much closer to the person […]