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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

-+*Responding to the question: “What kills creativity?”, actor Gillian Anderson once replied succinctly, “Ego.” One sense of this word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, what psychologist Carl Jung referred to as “inflated consciousness… hypnotized by itself.” Many people recognize the need to modulate this kind of ego in order to facilitate the creative process. But […]

Lady Gaga: Honor Your Unique Identity

Lady Gaga: Honor Your Unique Identity

-+*One of the themes Lady Gaga keeps advancing in her work, and in interviews, is to respect your unique self. “Through honoring your identity and really fighting for who you are every single day of your life, down to your core, you can have more faith and more hope in life and in the future.” […]

Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story

Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story

-+*Rachel Weisz: Everyone walking around the planet is the hero of their own story. Mike Myers: And they can justify to themselves every action that they make. Sidney Lumet said in his book [Making Movies], “Freaks are not the freaks we think they are. We are much more connected to the most outrageous behavior than […]

Creative expression and identity

Creative expression and identity

-+*Creative expression is based on both our inner selves and our abilities, so maybe it is not surprising if we question both our self concept and talents. But our insecurities and doubts may not be just a matter of objective competence. For example, two actors noted for being able to create distinctive and powerful characters […]

Robert Anthony on The Disease of Self-Improvement - When Self Growth Runs Amok

Robert Anthony on The Disease of Self-Improvement – When Self Growth Runs Amok

-+*Personal growth, personal development, self-improvement – these are topics that many of us explore. Maybe most of us. But can we be overdoing it sometimes? [From my earlier post Can we do self-improvement too much?] Robert Anthony, author of Rich Mind Life Strategy program, has some provocative ideas on the subject, and writes: “So how […]

That cheap slut: We still point fingers

That cheap slut: We still point fingers

-+*Marcy (Amanda Bearse): “That cheap slut of a roommate stole all my boyfriends. I’ve never forgiven Mom for that.”  [“Married with Children” 1987] Calling a girl or woman names like slut or tramp may be flip and comic in a movie or on tv, but in real life it may be hurtful bullying, damaging to […]

Alan Arkin: Stop looking outside yourself for validation

Alan Arkin: Stop looking outside yourself for validation

-+*Tavis Smiley : Trying to get to that place of peace, for lack of a better word, where you are with the purpose and the reason for your existence… People struggle with that every day. Alan Arkin : Well, the only thing I can say, it sounds like a cliche, but I mean it from […]

Brief quote: Alfre Woodard

Brief quote: Alfre Woodard

-+*“I didn’t discover I was an artist until I was 17… “It was very hard to be an artist and a child… it was like having sand up your butt when you go to the beach.” Alfre Woodard More quotes on page: Identity See more articles on Self Concept ~~~~ Related articles Toxic Criticism and […]

Playing stupid isn't cute

Playing stupid isn’t cute

-+*Jessica Simpson infamously asked in a video clip whether the Chicken of the Sea tuna she was eating was really chicken or fish. She also reportedly indicated she thinks buffalo wings are made from actual buffalo. “Growing up I was always the blonde that everybody made fun of, and I just played into that, because […]

Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality

Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality

-+*By Cat Robson – In an article of hers, Orna Ross invites us to rid ourselves of self-blame and criticism stemming from misunderstanding our creative abilities. With the help of an insightful self-test, we can revision our past and present experiences, and recognize, nurture and protect our gifts that may otherwise seem disruptive and chaotic. […]

Eckhart Tolle on Self-esteem and Ego

Eckhart Tolle on Self-esteem and Ego

-+*“Well, first there is the ego self-esteem. Which is really, even if you have high ego self-esteem.. there’s always hidden fear underneath it. “It’s always there to compensate for the fear you feel of not being good enough or perhaps failing. So you need to play a role of being big to compensate for fear […]

Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

-+*Many talented and creative people have felt like outsiders, finding their teen years to be socially difficult and emotionally challenging. “I did not perform well socially in junior high. I was a strange girl and I was in a lot of pain because of that, like most teenagers.” Claire Danes Many highly talented people like […]

Limiting ourselves with self-judgment

Limiting ourselves with self-judgment

-+*“American Idol” finalist Katharine McPhee has acknowledged that she fought a five-year battle with bulimia, and had childhood reading problems that sabotaged her self-esteem and made her turn to food for comfort. “Low self-esteem was huge for me,” McPhee said. “I was always the pretty little girl who was stupid. That was really difficult… I […]

Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

Be More Creative: What Is Your Self Concept?

-+*One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists [such as Dean Koontz and Lady Gaga]. And myths about artists being “crazy” or “starving” may also influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life. View “Be More Creative: What Is Your Self […]

Building self esteem and identity - what we tell ourselves about ourselves

Building self esteem and identity – what we tell ourselves about ourselves

-+*“Who do you think you are?” – That question can be thrown at someone as an aggressive or angry challenge. But the variation can be a useful question to ask: “Who do I think I am?” How we identify and classify ourselves can have a profound impact on what we think we can be and […]

You want to be an artist? Are you crazy?

You want to be an artist? Are you crazy?

-+*Artists are depicted in movies and media in ways that often promote myths about what it takes to be a “real” singer, writer, actor, painter or other creator. One example is the movie “Art School Confidential” – source of this image. Buying in to the negative aspects of those depictions and myths of the “crazy […]

Musician Sam Smith: Success From Being Authentic

Musician Sam Smith: Success From Being Authentic

-+*“I had warped ideas about what I had to do to be heard and to be successful.” Sam Smith won four prizes at the 2015 Grammy Awards: song and record of the year, new artist and pop vocal album. He has commented that before his success he had struggled with fame and being authentic. “It […]

Novelist Clare Allen on "Poppy Shakespeare," mental illness and creativity

Novelist Clare Allen on “Poppy Shakespeare,” mental illness and creativity

-+*By Cat Robson. The film Poppy Shakespeare, based on Clare Allen’s novel, takes us down a cinematic rabbit hole into north London’s fictional Dorothy Fish day hospital where the clearly ‘sane’ Poppy, played by Naomie Harris, has been mysteriously committed to a compulsory day-program for the mentally ill. In a psychiatric Catch 22, she must […]

Kathryn Bigelow: Not a female filmmaker, but a filmmaker, period.

Kathryn Bigelow: Not a female filmmaker, but a filmmaker, period.

-+*Kathryn Bigelow just became winner of the first Academy Award ever presented to a female director, for her outstanding Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker. In an interview about her work as writer-director of Blue Steel (1989), Bigelow noted, “If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an […]

Can self-doubt be a good thing?

Can self-doubt be a good thing?

-+*Some people in positions of power or with celebrity status, such as high profile actors and entertainers, can develop an overblown sense of their importance and abilities. Brad Pitt once admitted, “We are treated as special. We get away with things that other people can’t. And you start to believe the lie that you are […]

Where are the teen role models?

Where are the teen role models?

-+*In the movie “Nancy Drew,” the heroine (played with style and grace by Emma Roberts) engages and celebrates her intuitive and intellectual abilities as a teen sleuth, and comes to accept the fact she is exceptional, and does not fit in with her high school peers concerned with cliques, clothes and crushes. Yes, it is […]

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 […]

Making good use of your quarter-life crisis

Making good use of your quarter-life crisis

-+*“At twenty-five, I was a television literary agent.. I had an office with a view, an assistant, an expense account, power lunches, clients, and business cards… From the outside, my life looked great… There was just one problem: I was absolutely miserable.” Christine Hassler The big questions of vocation, identity, relationships, how we use our […]

Nurturing Our Self-Esteem - Part 2

Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 2

-+* {Continued from Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 1} Here is a video overview. (At the end it says “See related article” – that is the article below.) ~ ~ Why be concerned about self-esteem? At the beginning of Part 1, psychologist Nathaniel Branden was quoted about it being “the single most important factor for a […]

Dealing with self-criticism

Dealing with self-criticism

-+*Criticism saps our passion for life “Certain basic doubts keep Colin from enjoying a truly comfortable sense of superiority.” In a series of podcasts adapted from his book Toxic Criticism, Eric Maisel, PhD talks about how “criticism and self-criticism interfere with our ability to find our life purpose and live as strongly, passionately, and effectively […]

It's okay to look inside

It’s okay to look inside

-+*Creative inspiration and energy can come from many sources, but the most important source is us – our own abilities, thoughts and feelings, including the inner stuff we may not want to look at because we think it is “immoral” or “sick” or otherwise “bad.” Artists, of course, realize that it is not only okay […]

Don't you have to be an artist to be creative?

Don’t you have to be an artist to be creative?

-+*Years ago, I interviewed a producer who was certain she was not creative, even though she was helping solve many problems associated with making movies. Maybe one reason people think they are not creative is that we are given so many examples in school and the media of eminent, big name artists and creators who […]

Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

Building Self-confidence and Changing Limiting Beliefs

-+*Playing most of his screen characters, Will Smith exudes assurance and confidence. But he admits: “I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.” [From my article Talented, But Insecure.] In his article I work to build self-confidence in myself and others, entrepreneur Stephen Pierce […]

Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

-+*Here is an excerpt from an article by Sedona Training Associates staff and Hale Dwoskin: Do you ever think the following self-limiting beliefs? * It’s not OK to make a mistake * People will not like me if I’m not perfect * I’ll avoid anything I can’t do well * I’m a failure because I […]

Self-esteem and self-limiting

Self-esteem and self-limiting

-+*  Giving inauthentic praise to children can have a corrosive effect on healthy self-esteem, which can continue to impact our personal and career success as adults. Writer Po Bronson articulates some of the issues: “For a few decades, it’s been noted that a large percentage of all gifted students severely underestimate their own abilities. They […]

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 […]

Getting Beyond Too Deferential

Getting Beyond Too Deferential

-+*Do you hold yourself back in order to get along, make others feel good, or for other reasons? Does your voice in the world represent who you are, and how you feel about who you are? Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. – author of The Gifted Adult – notes, “There are millions of unidentified individuals of high […]

Carol Dweck on the growth mindset

Carol Dweck on the growth mindset

-+*“In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.” In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, psychologist Carol Dweck considers two basic attitudes and paradigms about human ability […]