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

Imagine Falling Back in Time 600 Years — And Liking It

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Creating in Flow
When a good writer creates a believable world on the page, it doesn't matter where you go in time, you'll want to keep turning pages.

A Simple Strategy to Help Worried Kids

The more parents say, “It’s fine. Don’t worry!” the more anxious kids demand, “But what if…?” Here's a way to help children use their imagination to manage worries.

Why Do We Ask Why?

By Mario Livio Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Why?
Curiosity fuels brain growth, and brain growth drives curiosity. And you wouldn't be so curious if your ancestors hadn't learned to cook.

Boost Your Sex Appeal in Four Extraordinary Ways

Ordinarily, to boost your sex appeal you alter your physical appearance, but try these extraordinary strategies, no physical alterations required!

Kim Rancourt’s Shot up Your Spine

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“I went from a kid wearing jeans and flannel shirts to wearing silver satin pants and silver shirts.”

How to Succeed in Life...Ideally, on Your Own Terms

In my third of three posts on defining success for yourself, I look at what the academic world considers to be success and how this can relate to your career as well.

Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

Defining Success for Yourself

In the first of three posts, I discuss the importance of determining what success means for you, whatever your field of endeavor is (or what you want it to be).

Making Romance Last, Part 2

Novelty is characterized by newness, freshness, unconventionality, unfamiliarity, difference, imaginative, creativity, and innovation.

Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great

Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.

Innovation Handmaids

By Moses Ma on June 18, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
What can The Handmaid's Tale teach us about technology innovation?

A Meditation on Love and Loss

Can Laurie Anderson teach us about love and loss?

The Self, Lost and Found

How creativity holds up a mirror to your inner world.

The Upside of Chance

Many people fear chance because to them it means unpredictability, uncertainty, and loss of control. These horrors may be overstated. Chance can contribute to creativity and fun.

How R. Stevie Moore Is Compelled Without Compulsion

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“It was like a disease that I had to record and write.”
Source: Pixabay

Is American Healthcare Innovation in the ICU?

By John Nosta on June 12, 2017 in The Digital Self
Consumers want innovation in healthcare. They're not getting what they want, at least not yet.

Mere Anarchy Is Loose

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on June 12, 2017 in Peace and War
The Resistance will take a long time. Use creative energy to keep it lively and lovely.

First Sight:a Theory for Right Place Right Time Coincidences

Somehow we show up in the right place at the right time, seemingly guided by information from outside of us. Psychologist Jim Carpenter has an explanation.

Mapping the Sources of Power

The 1998 map of our cognitive sources of power still seems relevant. However, an updated version distinguishes the knowledge that we acquire from ways we can apply that knowledge.

New Research Explains Why Overthinking Can Hinder Creativity

A growing body of research helps to explain why "unclamping" the rigid intellectual machinery and executive function of your prefrontal cortex facilitates creativity.

Ariana Grande, I Wish You Were Our President!

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Turning Point
After an attack at the end of her concerts in Manchester, Ariana Grande chose to respond with compassion and courage, showing the quality of authentic leadership, needed today.

Gedankenexperimente—the Sacred Gift We Ignore

Everybody is talking about the value of mindfulness today. I’d like to talk about the value of mindlessness, otherwise known as daydreaming.

The Upside of Uncertainty

By Lybi Ma on June 05, 2017 in Brainstorm
Guest post by Bernadette Jiwa.
Woman writing. Pixabay, Public Domain.

Learning by Writing Fiction

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on June 04, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Tell co-workers that you're writing a novel, and you're likely to get nervous glances.

When Emotion Meets Thinking

Can we be sad and creative too?

An Ode to Hospital Chaplains

What are the positive contributions of hospital chaplains on education for nurses and physicians? I add my own ode to the work of hospital chaplains and of health humanities.

Happy If—Happy When: Why Write a Musical?

I am writing a musical called Happy If—Happy When about two artists and their five children who move from the city to a farm in the country. Why write a musical?

So You Want to Write/Edit an Art Therapy Book, Part Two

Are you an editor or a curator? In the long and winding road of publishing, edited books may be becoming curated volumes more often than you think.

To See Your Status Soar, Be More Curious

Next time you leave an algorithm to decide your choices, consider what this is doing to your curiosity quotient -- and why it matters.

When Grit Goes Wrong and What to Do Instead

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Feeling It
Talented people often fall for an idea that ends up harming their success in the long run - here's the science of how to avoid it (and become happier to boot).