Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Clay Drinko, Ph.D.
There are two leadership styles: leading with love and leading with fear. Improvisation offers a ready-made roadmap for leading with love.
This has been an incredibly stressful year. That's why it's vital that we turn off our body's stress response and relax every now and again. Here's how.
Can't look away from the dumpster fire that is current events? Here's a fun way to shift your focus and why you definitely should.
Instead of resolving to go to the gym more or lose that pandemic weight, becoming more mindful will help you boost your mood and make more positive changes throughout the year.
Addiction is worsening because of the added stress of the pandemic. Here's how improv can play a role in helping people regulate and connect.
Stress and anxiety levels are out of control. Here's how playing improv-inspired games can help you calm down and connect.
Current stress and anxiety levels are unprecedented. How can we survive the election season in one piece? Here are four tricks to make it out the other side.
Stressed out and overwhelmed? Humor and laughter may be the best medicine. Here are four strategies to harness the power of humor to curb stress.
As we continue to grapple with online learning, a new study shows that improvisation can help students participate more and focus better in class.
Parenting has always been a challenge, but 2020 has made it a whole lot harder. Learn how improv can help you snap back into positive parenting by boosting attunement.
Public speaking can be stressful. A new study measures how improvisation may be able to help with stress reduction.
Whether children are in school or not, their social and emotional learning should come first. Here's how to help young people feel secure and ready to learn in uncertain times.
Being old doesn't have to be isolating and serious. New research shows that improvisation helps seniors boost their overall well-being, sense of community, and joy.
Struggling to connect or adjust to change? It could be a performance failure. "Rehearsals for Growth" is a therapeutic method that integrates improvisation to help you thrive.
Maintaining a relationship takes work, but it also takes play. Here are five games couples in conflict can play to strengthen their relationship and reconnect.
Therapists don't have all the answers, and when they pretend to, they may be missing out. Improvisation gives us a way to make therapy more spontaneous and collaborative.
Need a creative or confidence boost? New research shows that improvisation helps boost creativity and psychological well-being.
Dementia changes people. But the principles of improvisation can increase positive engagement and help caregivers and loved ones stay connected.
Overwhelmed with the uncertainty of the current global crisis? Improvisation can teach us how to stay confident, calm, and connected amidst the uncertainty.
Instead of being prescriptive, improvisation can help social workers and therapists meet their clients where they are through co-creation.
Afraid of the unknown? First study shows causal link between improvisation and uncertainty tolerance.
Being stubborn and stuck on our own ideas can lead to conflict and a breakdown in collaboration. Improv gives us a path back.
Is theatrical improvisation an effective anxiety treatment? New research is beginning to say yes.
Shame can lead to creative mortification: when we give up on a creative pursuit altogether. Improvisation can teach us how to prevent creative mortification in three ways.
Research is finally revealing that theatrical improvisation can teach us how to reduce our inner critic and let creativity flourish.
Clay Drinko, Ph.D., is an educator and the author of Play Your Way Sane: 120 Improv-Inspired Exercises to Help You Calm Down, Stop Spiraling, and Embrace Uncertainty.