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

Who Am I? A Fragmented Professional Identity

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on September 03, 2015 in Art on Trial
In prisons, where anything can happen, therapists' identities become fluid, constantly shifting until it’s sometimes difficult to remember who we even are. This post examines how such personal challenges arose, providing real life — sometimes horrible — experiences that forced such confusion, and yet how, as an art therapist, tools were available to overcome such trials.

Superfluidity: Decoding the Enigma of Cognitive Flexibility

By Christopher Bergland on September 02, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Brain researchers have developed new tools for predicting levels of cognitive flexibility and "superfluidity" of thought.

Be an ADHD World Changer

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in The Gift of ADHD
You can use feelings of shame or of being different to help you discover where your creative contributions lie.

Steve Jobs - The Visionary in the Man (in the Machine)

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 02, 2015 in Just Listen
It seems we can't let go of Steve Jobs until we figure our the secret to his genius, so that we can all think like one. Use this 4 step formula to come darn close.

Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

Does the productivity of scientific careers come at the cost of creativity? One foundation director worries that it does.

Lessons From Kenyan Consumers About Technology & Marketing

By Utpal Dholakia on September 01, 2015 in The Science Behind Behavior
Kenya is the global leader in mobile financial services innovation. I describe the lessons from M-Pesa's success story for technology marketers and consumers.

Want to be a Parent?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in What a Body Knows
Parents are not rational. Children are not choices. Neither parents nor children are individuals. Rather, parents and children emerge together, in relation to one another, expressions of life itself, as a potential matrix of mutually enabling loves.

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.

Assembling Your Innovation Advisory Board

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Innovation You
Conflict is inevitable when you put such a wide variety of perspectives on one advisory board—and that's a good thing.

A Tribute to Letter Writing and to Oliver Sacks

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Eyes on the Brain
My friendship with Oliver Sacks blossomed through an old fashioned medium, letter writing.

Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

By Drew Boyd on August 30, 2015 in Inside the Box
Hindsight bias, also known as the “knew-it-all-along effect”, is the inclination to see events that have already occurred as being more predictable than they were before they took place. Hindsight bias causes you to view events as more predictable than they really are. After an event, people often believe that they knew the outcome of the event before it actually happened.

Solving Problems in Your Dreams

By Kristian Marlow on August 29, 2015 in The Superhuman Mind
Combine your next all-nighter with meaningful rest through lucid dreaming.

The Sweetness of September

By Rictor Noren on August 29, 2015 in Music Maker
John Field guides us gently through this change of seasons, and invites us into a deeper conversation with ourselves.

25 Simple Trust Building Behaviors

Engagement. Innovation. Trust. Stop thinking about the outcomes you want. Focus, instead, on the simple, organic, and natural way to get all three. Explore what that looks like with these 25 behaviors.

How To Write a Healing Poem

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in The Empowerment Diary
For years psychotherapists have been advocating writing healing poems as a way to navigate through difficult times. In doing so, it's important that the poem is written from the heart and not the mind. The best poems begin with an image or a feeling. This blog offers tips on how to write a poem for emerging and established writers.

Abstract Ideas Lead to Real-World Resilience

By Polly Campbell on August 25, 2015 in Imperfect Spirituality
Your ability to bounce back from challenge may be all in your imagination.

More Music, More Empathy

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in Live... In Concert
Music is often called a universal language because it seems to speak to the emotions of disparate groups of people. In this light, some believe music has almost magical powers toward helping people find common ground with others seen as unlike themselves. So is music a uniquely powerful tool in building human empathy?

A Map for Engineering Your Next Innovation [Infographic]

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Innovation You
In my own work strategizing innovation practices for some of the worlds biggest and best companies, I use the Innovation Genome to find this place of positive tension.

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 23, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Why It's Imperative to Teach Entrepreneurship

By Tina Seelig on August 21, 2015 in CreativityRulz
Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities.

Make It a Happy Start to School: Our Top 10 Secrets

Here are some ideas for parents who want to ease their child’s return to the classroom. There are thoughts on planning ahead, paying close attention, nurturing creativity, being reassuring, making real-world connections, encouraging exploration, supporting good work habits, making time for play, finding a healthy balance, and advocating as needed.

Why Does Overthinking Sabotage the Creative Process?

By Christopher Bergland on August 19, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified why overthinking can undermine the creative process.

This Can Give You the Advantage in Online Dating

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 in Love, Digitally
Artistic and creative pursuits predict mating success Art, music or humour, are the modern day human equivalent to the peacock’s tail

Find Flow Through a Camera Lens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Flow happens when you lose your sense of self, and many artists, including photographers, mean that quite literally.

What Should I Do With My Life?

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on August 18, 2015 in Life Gets Better
This question can give us heartache, whether we are in our twenties or sixties. Having no idea what to do next hurts, even as it might excite us on some level. Whether graduating from college or retiring from a long career, the road ahead may seem intimidating in its blankness. Freedom is supposed to be so desirable, yet its reality is often heavy with perplexing dilemmas.

When the Creativity Researcher Goes Back to Being Creative

By James C Kaufman on August 17, 2015 in And All That Jazz
For half of me, this is a dream come true. I’m revisiting my musical and reworking the script with my director Valeria and rewriting some songs with my composer Michael. The other half of me is feeling impostor syndrome for the first time since grad school – what the hell am I doing?

When Nobody Wants Your Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 17, 2015 in Innovation You
Everywhere you look, you'll see this wildly contradictory set of desires and feelings toward change. We hate traffic jams, but we refuse to try self-driving cars. We dream of improving the quality and length of our lives, but we're reluctant to tamper with the genetic triggers of a disease.

Exploring the Psychology of Fine Artists in the Digital Age

We are saturated by the media, in the form of advertisements and the Internet selling us unlimited number of programs, supplements, systems, and medications to address this triad. But, what about exposure to the fine arts? Can art influence our psychological and physiological wellness?

Cognitive Signatures of Creativity and Genius

By Kaja Perina on August 14, 2015 in Brainstorm
Dr. Albert Rothenberg articulates cognitive processes that undergird breakthrough discoveries and the most inventive minds.