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

Maybe We Should Build a Wall to Keep Our Talented People In

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Innovation You
Diversity is an essential element of an innovation ecosystem because it brings a wide range of mindsets and talents into close proximity.

Three Science-Based Reasons Vacations Boost Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Feeling It
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.
Ibiza landscape. Pxhere. Public domain.

Did You Have a Productive Summer?

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Why do we feel that we have to produce something, like an egg squeezed from a chicken, to justify three months of life?

Questions of Realness

When we watch real people portray fictional characters, do we react to them in the same way as we react to watching real people on the street?

Decrazifying Cryptocurrency

By Moses Ma on August 15, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Curious about the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency revolution? Here's a balanced analysis of what's going on.

Driving Innovation Through Shared Values

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Innovation You
Conflict can be the spark that ignites innovation. There are four different type of innovators, and each brings his or her expertise (but also his or her weaknesses) to the table.

Can Science Provide Insight into the Arts?

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Research has shown that the diehard talent myth is not only useless in explaining anything but also harmful to people who might otherwise enjoy a more musically enriching life.

Your Dreams: Interpreted and Drawn

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Dream Factory
DreamsID is a new touring performance art project between dream scientist Professor Mark Blagrove, and artist and illustrator Dr. Julia Lockheart.

How Do We Read Emotions in Robots?

In time of need, will you let a robot help you? A new study examines this.

Can mental illness ever be good for you?

A recent book on the poet Robert Lowell raises some fascinating questions about the relation between bipolar disorder and creativity

Mourning a Legacy of Racial Violence

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Me in We
How narrative can help us understand racial terror and heal intergenerational trauma.

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour, Accompanied by Alzheimer’s

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on August 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
"Even though Campbell cannot recognize himself in a home movie from his younger days, he is still able to deploy his exquisite singing voice and guitar chops onstage."

The "Golden Rule" For Better Relationships: Say "Yes-and..."

Are your conversations filled with denials, rejections, and negations of what someone says? Do they get tense, lead to bad feelings, turn into an argument, go nowhere?
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What's More Likely to Increase Creativity—Netflix or Zumba?

Have some folks watch Netflix for an hour. Have some other folks take a Zumba class. Then test their creativity. What do you expect that the results will be? Here's the answer!

9 Tips to Stay Sober on Your Next Vacation

With summer in full swing, here are a few quick and easy tips to keep you or a loved one happy, healthy and sober on your next adventure.

How Americans Really Feel about Solo Travel

By Andrea Bartz on August 08, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
Who vacations alone—and why? The answers may surprise you.
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Put a Frame Around It

By Bruce Grierson on August 07, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
How to make something magic? Declare it so.

How to Live Deliberately

By Bruce Grierson on August 07, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
Need to open a wrinkle in time? Welcome to the Carpe Diem Project.

Dwelling in the Conflict

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Innovation You
Behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic love songs is a series of prolonged, tense, irreconcilable conflicts.

What Graduate Students Need to Know (and What Nobody Says)

The perfect is the enemy of the good. You can rewrite, you can revise, you can refine, but the first thing you have to do is write.

The Hipster & the Clairvoyant: 6 Bad Openings for Your Book

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Finish your novel or memoir with the help of book doctor Dinty W. Moore's six easy-to-identify missteps beginning writers often make.

My Life as an Unlikable Woman

By Jennifer Haupt on August 02, 2017 in One True Thing
Janelle Brown's characters do everything that she is afraid of doing herself.

Healing Through Storytelling

By Judy Carter on August 02, 2017 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Have you ever wondered what the meaning of your life is? What your essential life message is? Your life message is in the stories you tell.
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.

The Magic of Freewriting

By Vivian Wagner Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in The Creative Life
Looking to enhance your creativity? Try freewriting.

New Trend: No Homework for Elementary Students

By Maureen Healy on August 01, 2017 in Creative Development
Does a homework ban for young children make sense?

Clay Art Therapy and Depression

Can clay be a way to mediate depression? A recent randomized controlled trial provides some intriguing and positive data on this sensory-based approach to treatment.

Death of a Genius

Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win the Fields Medal (the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in mathematics) died on July 14th, aged 40. Her career sheds light on creativity.

Eyes, Feet, Posture, Power: Look Before You Leap

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Efficient application of the maxim "eyes, feet, posture, power" goes far beyond physical technique, all the way to improving interpersonal interactions and life ambitions.

Is Arts and Crafts the Answer to AI and Automation?

By Tim Leberecht on July 30, 2017 in The Romance of Work
The original anti-industrial movement may (again) give us some cues regarding the future of work.