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

How to Sound Like a Better Lover

By Donna Barstow on March 29, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
A great way to say goodbye that guarantees more hellos.

Drawing a Picture of Health: An Art Therapy Guide

If you are currently being treated for cancer or are a survivor, try "drawing a picture of health" as part of your wellness plan. It's integrative medicine for mind and body.

Music as a Shoulder to Cry On

Sad music seems to accommodate emotional healing by allowing people to safely get in touch with negative emotions that might otherwise be repressed.

What's in a Name?

By Drew Boyd on March 28, 2017 in Inside the Box
A person’s facial appearance can be significantly influenced by their given name, according to new research, perhaps due to the existence of shared face-name prototypes.

Life and Death in Every Moment

When I embrace life and death in every moment it makes life richer.

Europe's Largest Rolling Stones Collection Unveiled

Some people spend a lifetime collecting merchandise from their favorite band. Reinhold Karpp's story of his near fifty-year pursuit takes the cake.

The Triple Threat

By Jennifer Hamady on March 27, 2017 in Finding Your Voice
In the Broadway world, the coveted 'triple threat' of being able to dance, sing, and act is not as hard to accomplish as one might think. Mentally, it is another matter entirely.

The Woman Who Does it All

Women seem to hold up the world. Is this an identity, a self-created fate, or a default position when men in our lives do less than their share?

Back to School

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in One Among Many
From Kindergarten to graduate school, education is embedded in a system. Teachers and students are not free agents. Let’s liberate them a bit.

3 Surprising Books to Help You Write Your Own

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Writing a book requires different kinds of cognition. What times of day are optimal to think big picture, write conceptually, edit rationally, and draft imaginatively?
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Can Conformity Be Creative?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Creativity for You
You want to be original and creative. Can copying someone else's example actually help you do that?

The Artistic Side of Artificial Intelligence

By John Nosta on March 22, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need a portrait? Your fine artist might just be a computer.
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Drawing the Devil

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Forensic artists face a digitized future, but a former detective offers facial composition software that replicates his successful drawing methods.

Creativity Rules: In Honor of Jimmy Breslin

Like Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, Jimmy Breslin’s work became so influential that it morphed into a colloquialism and changed the world of writing and art.

How to Reclaim the Power in Your Writing

It is a myth that only successful writers have more control over their careers because they’re successful. It is, in fact, the demanding of control early on that led to success.

Teaching in the Trump Era

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 18, 2017 in Social Lights
Advice for faculty at all ranks.

Two-Legged Walking and Human Skull Traits Evolved in Tandem

Our hominid ancestors' ability to walk upright on two legs evolved in tandem with distinctive traits of the human skull, according to a new follow-up study.

Breaking Down the Elements of Acting

If theatre is awesome for kids, which kids? What kinds of awesome? And how? Let's break it down.

Why Language Really Matters

By John Nosta on March 16, 2017 in The Digital Self
The search of patients for drug trials is doomed by language.

When It Comes to Health Care Reform

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Innovation You
Innovation will matter more than politics.
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Want to View the World With Fresh Eyes?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 15, 2017 in The Happiness Project
What hooks do you use to help yourself see the world more vividly?

For My Health. And Yours.

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on March 14, 2017 in A Sound Mind
National Creative Arts Therapy week, the third week of March, recognizes young professions built around ancient human activities.

The Transient Hypofrontality Edge

"Transient hypofrontality" is an elegant term to describe the possible mechanism for why running and other physical activity can alter our thought processes.

Alphabet Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Brain Workout
We use alphabets habitually without realizing how they help us make words. These puzzles focus on the word-making feature of alphabets.
Thomas Ward

Walking Meetings? Proceed With Caution

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Creativity for You
The benefits of walking meetings have been widely discussed. But they're not always the right choice. Find out why.

An Easy Way to Build Your Confidence Quickly

If you're struggling with confidence in your writing ability, you need to learn how to give yourself some easy wins.

What Is the Effect of Music on the Listener?

What is the difference between man-made musical sounds and the constant presence of worldly sounds that occupy consciousness almost around the clock?

Glenn Mercer's Moment

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Freud claimed that the key to life is both “work” and “love.” In order to be happy, we must develop our own unique interests and achievements.
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Can a Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Creativity for You
Do you need a new approach to a project? Consider taking a walk to get a fresh perspective.

What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Curious?
Great strides have been made in psychology. No longer is it acceptable to run an experiment with 30 college students. But here we take a closer look at the questions being asked...