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

Kenneth Arrow

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Feeling Smart
From the Impossibility Theorem to Ken's WWII story.
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The Tony Romo Dilemma

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 23, 2017 in Co-Parent Problems
Using a salient sports topic, I describe a framework for effectively resolving stressful dilemmas.

Funny Philosophers

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Play in Mind
Can philosophers afford to be funny when asking the ultimate questions about life, the universe, and everything?

George Newbern is an Acting Animal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“He’s psychotic. He’s an assassin. He’s not a normal person.” This is how actor George Newbern describes his character “Charlie” on ABC’s Scandal.

Trivia Quiz: How Well Do You Know Psychology’s Pioneers?

When he delivered his now classic book to his publisher, which author apologized that it was a "loathsome, distended, tumefied, bloated, dropsical mass?"

Highly Creative People Have Well-Connected Brain Hemispheres

By Christopher Bergland on February 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
People who are highly creative have better connectivity between the left and right brain hemispheres, according to a new study by a team of international researchers.

Drug Use And Creativity

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in In Excess
A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

6 Tips Toward Getting Your Book Published

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 20, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Anyone serious about turning written work into actual books must do a lot of research into the realities of publishing before sending anything into the world. Here are 6 tips.

Creative Thinking is no Longer an Option, It's Essential

The future belongs to creative thinkers. The real currency of our time isn't money, it's ideas. You need to become an ideas generator whatever field you work in.

In Defense of Duty

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
Duty and responsibility have lost stature to autonomy and creativity--Alas.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on February 15, 2017 in A Sound Mind
Meeting life’s challenges head-on allows us to not be crushed by anxiety. It is this struggle that gives our lives meaning.

Playing With Politics vs. Playing Politics

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Play in Mind
Is the game of politics play?
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Create a Morning Routine That Works For You

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 15, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Most of us have heard and read the value of a morning routine. Yet, despite our best intentions, morning routines often go awry. What to do?

The Cerebellum, Creativity, and Neandertals

Did cerebellum size differences between Homo sapiens and Neandertals account for their differences in creativity?

Change-A-Letter Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Brain Workout
Try these ten puzzles that will test your verbal skills, getting you to associate verbal memory with the form of words.

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 3

I know a creative, dynamic man named Ken. When he got married, he enjoyed his wedding day so much that he said to his wife, “We should do this every year!” And they have...

Purposeful Quirks Can Help You Build a Can-Do Attitude

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Creating in Flow
I interviewed dozens of famous writers and wrote a book about them. One of the nicest was Carolyn See. Read my interview with her now.

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 2

More and more couples are writing their own vows rather than just repeating what the minister has them say. I believe this is an important trend.
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Coping With Trump Anxiety

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 09, 2017 in Co-Parent Problems
Concrete steps for managing a new and significant stressor in American life.

Self-Actualization Through Music

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on February 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
One reason the creative arts are a powerful therapeutic resource is that they function on multiple levels. This particular song operated on at least three.

Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants Is Good for the U.S.

When the U.S. welcomes refugees regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity, we reap important social and economic rewards.

Manipulating Memory With the Mind's Eye

New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.

Anticipation

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Anticipatory thinking is the way we imagine how unexpected events may affect our plans, alerting us to potential threats. But what are the dysfunctional tendencies that block it?
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The Challenge of Writing and Publishing Dark Fiction

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Think it's easy to write a serious book about good, evil, love, cowardice, Nazis, and a small group of people stuck on a desert island? An interview with Daniel A. Blum.

Seeking Idea Sparks

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
What helps us as inspiration seekers?

What's It Like to Write a Book?

When faced with any project, creative or otherwise, we often face doubt and fear. Learn how to keep them at bay with this one simple trick.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Remembering

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 05, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Dates important to us, holidays, shared memories, details, and agreements bring us opportunities to show love through remembering.

Besting Stuffiness with Science-Based Scenting

Your nose is always sniffing--make sure it's smelling the right scents!

How to Change a Person’s Mind

How to cope when the people we love have beliefs we hate.

Tales from a Trailblazer

By Jan Albert on February 02, 2017 in Points of Observation
Director Maggie Greenwald looks back and forward, on the long road to equality in film.