All About Creativity

Even those of us not in explicitly creative fields must come up with new ideas and insights in order to move ahead. How can we shake up the way we think? Creativity has been pegged to conducive environments, perfect collaborators, personality traits, serendipity, and even spiritual muses. While research psychologists are interested in increasing innovative thinking, clinical psychologists sometimes encourage patients to use artistic expression as a way to confront difficult feelings.

Recent posts on Creativity

Creativity and Alcoholism

A number of prominent American writers have suffered from alcoholism in the past, but they seldom did their best writing while directly under the influence of alcohol.
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Writing Letters for the Holiday

By Diana Raab PhD on December 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you wanting to do something different this holiday season or perhaps connect wit those who you haven't spoken to in a while? Try crafting a handwritten letter.
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Why Corporate Offices Should Take Cues From College Campuses

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Spotting Opportunity
Tired of the Cube Farm? How college campus design can influence smarter offices.

Traveling, Fighting, Dancing: Illness and Recovery Metaphors

By Emily T. Troscianko on December 05, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Metaphors shape our language and our thought. Paying attention to them in illness and in health can help us clarify our defaults and experiment with other possibilities.

Howie Abrams Got the Big Scoop of Ice Cream

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Brick by Brick
I could not possibly have seen my future ordeal with panic attacks coming.

What Does It Take to Transform Trauma Into Art?

By Ariel Gore on December 04, 2017 in Women and Happiness
Want to write through trauma and mental illness? Chelsey Clammer illuminates the art and craft making excellent essays out of tough experiences.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Why is it that writers often can’t tell us where their story ideas truly come from? The answer has to do with the fact that the human mind is a dual-process system.

10 Tips for What to Do When You Have Nothing to Do

By Rita Watson MPH on December 02, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Finding yourself with nothing to do is really a gift. And research shows it may enhance your creativity.
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Spirituality and Art

True art both comes from the heart and speaks to the heart, but this asks something of the witness, too.

Seeing the Creative Value in a New Good Idea Isn't Easy

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
What helps us to recognize good novel ideas?

Wisdom From the World of Dance

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in What a Body Knows
I offer a playful, very preliminary exploration of “wisdom” I have learned through the study of American modern dance and contemporary ballet.

Toxic Femininity: Machiavellian Mary in the Workplace

Machiavellian Mary is “mean business.” Her authoritarian style poisons the working environment by lowering morale, causing employee strife, and damaging productivity.

How to Be UnLonely During the Holidays

By Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH on November 29, 2017 in Being Unlonely
How creative expression can lead to being "UnLonely."

Art Therapy's HeARTache

Sometimes a spotlight illuminates; at other times, it blinds. Art therapists are experiencing both through a White House spotlight called "Healing with the HeArt."

Why Metaphors are Important

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Learn why metaphors are such a powerful tool for writers, how they alter readers, and how to best craft the best ones.

What We've Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Although music is not a universal language, it can be the perfect medium to express feelings.

How to Manage Self-Doubt as an Entrepreneur

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? These science-backed mindset shifts can help battle self-doubt.

Friend or Foe? Are We Ready for the AI Revolution?

By Mark Batey Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Working Creativity
Mass automation is here, and being creative and emotive may be key.
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Learning by Hearing, Learning by Seeing

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
As a metaphor for learning, sound has a shadier reputation than sight.

How to Increase Your Chances of Coincidental Discoveries

Are you hoping for a sudden realization? It may be closer than you think.
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A Radical Alternative to New Year's Goal-Setting

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on November 24, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Setting goals can be depressing. But what if we had a proven set of factors to motivate us to set and attain meaningful goals?

The Writer's Laboratory: Intro to a New Blog Series

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in The Social Thinker
The Writer's Laboratory combine two passions—psychology and writing fiction—in a way that teaches others how to become more honest (and therefore better) writers

Interview with Janet Fitch: Why Historical Fiction?

By Jennifer Haupt on November 21, 2017 in One True Thing
"People think you get to this magical place where you know what you’re doing....But every novel is a completely new animal. You’re always a beginner. That makes it interesting."

Inside the Mind of Lance Letscher

By Lybi Ma on November 20, 2017 in Brainstorm
Dissecting the genius of a collage artist who wants to take you to fairyland.

Lidia Yuknavitch's Love Letter to Fellow Misfits

By Jennifer Haupt on November 16, 2017 in One True Thing
Some of us manage to invent bodies, voices, and lives worth living even though we don’t fit in to the normative socius.

On Dreams and Artistic Ambition

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Literary Mind
We are most creative when we dream. How do we convert that fluidity to waking life?

The Hurricane Brain of The Accidentals

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Brick by Brick
The truth is that there are no cures—they’re temporary.

Metaphoria by Design

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Architecture and interior design can use storytelling metaphors to elicit emotions and thus be transformative in relation to our own journeys.

Women, Trauma, and Healing: What Mary Marxen Can Teach Us

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Fearless You
Are traumatic memories challenging your connection with your body? Mary Marxen's shares her inspiring story.

Magical Thinking and Unloved Daughters: Childhood and Beyond

By Peg Streep on November 13, 2017 in Tech Support
What helps you escape from an unhappy childhood — the power of your imagination — may get in the way of your recovery in adulthood.