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

Top Examples of Innovation in Action

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Innovation You
When people think of innovation, they usually picture gadgets or maybe a miracle drug. Oftentimes, the greatest innovations are subtler.
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Building on Blindness

By Elizabeth Young on October 15, 2017 in Adaptations
"Going blind," Willa says, "I fear I may become invisible."

Why Brendan Hines Wishes He Had Said Hello to Elvis Costello

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Nobody wants to be considered one-dimensional.

Office Hours with Jeff DeGraff – Andy Molinsky

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Innovation You
Office Hours with Jeff DeGraff is a video series where the Dean of Innovation interviews thought leaders on the broad subject of innovation.

How Stewart Copeland and Adrian Belew Keep Their Mojo Light

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Brick by Brick
The mask conceals the true identity.

Alice Hoffman Talks About New Book: "The Rules of Magic"

By Jennifer Haupt on October 10, 2017 in One True Thing
"No matter what, love more and not less. I didn’t realize that’s what the message of this book was until the end."
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How Your Brain Takes Good Ideas and Makes Them Better

By Guest Blogger on October 10, 2017 in The Guest Room
Bending, breaking, and blending are enduring tools for innovation.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill

Why Children Make Great Role Models

Have you ever stopped to notice how much children know about life? As it turns out, it's quite a lot.

The Art of Nostalgia

Nostalgia is an aesthetic form of memory, and our relation to our nostalgic memories is much like that of a painter to a work of art.

The Best Wedding Trend Is the Freedom to Not Follow Trends

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on October 07, 2017 in Quite Queerly
Just as same sex couples have done for decades, we can all—yes, straight people too—create our own events, rituals, and celebrations, completely on our own terms.
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Artful Living

By Elizabeth Young on October 06, 2017 in Adaptations
I want to protect myself, in that way we do when we're reading a really good book and are afraid of what we suspect is going to happen.
Thalia R. Goldstein

Drama Games Help Kids Gain Emotional Control

Dramatic pretend play games may be causally implicated in young children's emotional control, as found in a recent random control trial.

What Attributes Are Key to a Successful Leadership?

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Innovation You
Leaders need to know where they have strengths and where they don’t.

My Evening with Armistead

By Rick Miller LICSW on October 04, 2017 in Unwrapped
Who are you now? How did you get here? Who helped you arrive

How Do We Value Time?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
A revolution is coming! Tech is not only disrupting traditional industries, it is fundamentally changing the basis of our economy and the value of being human.

What David and Goliath Teach Entrepreneurs About Winning

By Chengwei Liu Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Decisions Defined
What the David and Goliath story teaches entrepreneurs about beating incumbents? Do not copy their "best practices." Instead, exploiting their predictable blind spots.

Can Creativity Be Taught?

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Innovation You
People’s creative abilities can be improved. However, it’s unlikely you’re going to become a creative genius like Einstein or Mozart without some natural talent.

How to Make Psychoanalysis Work Today

By John Munder Ross Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Talking Cure
Psychoanalysis is an anachronism in today’s world—and often ineffective. Instead, patient and doctor must home in on those issues already in play in current reality.

"Young People Are Just Smarter"

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
In 2007, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Young people are just smarter,” apparently forgetting that it was baby boomers who led the information revolution.

Planting a Seed in a Toxic Place with Roger Miret

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“How are you so damn sure?”

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Create the Right Rituals

Meaningful rituals can show love by reflecting commitment, defining relationship boundaries, providing comfort, provoking memories, anchoring expectations, and providing pleasure.
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The Math Whiz and the Psychologists

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A mathematical genius offered a formula for creativity to a group of psychologists a century before we could prove it with research.

What Misconceptions Do People Have About Innovation?

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Innovation You
In a world where a single touch on a screen can bring us any service or product imaginable whenever we want it, creativity still runs at its own pace.

Have You Experienced "Eureka" Moments?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in BrainSnacks
The French physician and scientist Louis Pasteur advised, "Chance favors the prepared mind."

Creative Aging

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Creative aging has grown into a full-scale movement designed to provide opportunities for meaningful creative expression through visual, literary, and performing arts workshops.
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When Music Makes You Cry

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in The New Brain
A new study suggests that the reasons music makes us feel like crying reveal something about our personalities.

Why Practice Repeating Ordinary Bodily Movements?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Are the bodily movements in religious ritual simply symbolic? Why is the action of repeating ordinary bodily movements effective in promoting health and well being?

Why Buy Fine Art?

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in The Me in We
The reasons for buying fine art are mostly psychological.

Art Therapy’s Unsung Trailblazers

Who impacted your art therapy career path? Here are four women who impacted mine and blazed a trail for many other art therapy professionals in the 21st century.