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

The Boundless Mind Podcast

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Boundless
The Boundless Mind podcast provides you with mindfulness exercises on the go.

How to Have Breakthrough Ideas

By Mark Batey Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Working Creativity
Follow these simple steps to master the art (and science) of breakthrough thinking

Your Worldview Is Your Greatest Strength

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Innovation You
A worldview is more than a type or a style. It’s a collection of deeply held beliefs about how we interpret and experience the world.

Money and a Room of One’s Own

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
The Bank of England has unveiled a ten pound note celebrating Jane Austen. Virginia Woolfe also has some insightful messages, still relevant today, about money and women writers.

Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation, Study Finds

We all know from life experience that creative expression makes us feel good. Now, a new study reaffirms that arts-based activities boost positive emotions and reduce negativity.
Roberta Satow

Writing as Self Development

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Life After 50
How does writing promote the self development?
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The Style of Innovation: Elon Musk vs. Nikola Tesla

By John Nosta on July 17, 2017 in The Digital Self
Big and bold might just be the type of thinking that can also kill innovation.

Is Genius Inherited?

It is usually assumed that genius is a completely inherited attribute but experimental studies vary. This study shows that strong motivation and inheritance play a critical role.

The Invisible Crisis that Threatens the Auto Industry

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Innovation You
China’s expenditures for research and development, and the patents awarded for innovations, have significantly outpaced our own.

The 100-Year Plan

By Kaja Perina on July 13, 2017 in Brainstorm
Psychology Today is 50 years old! The next 50 years will bring the ability not just to quantify but also to alter the brain—the golden age of behavioral science is just beginning.

Writer's Anxiety

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on July 13, 2017 in Psy-curious
Anxiety can make academic writing tasks feel daunting. What's contributing to these writing worries and what can we do about them?

Craving More Meaningful Trips?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Guest blogger and constant traveler Steven Barber reviews an unusual travel guide, one that helps you figure yourself out in order to plan and take better trips.

Can Job Autonomy Be a Double-Edged Sword?

In addition to its many benefits, job autonomy can lead to unethical behavior.

Michael McGrady is a Chip off the Old Block

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“If I’m going to die, I’m going to die living.”

Picking Paint Colors

Use science to select colors that are "just right" for your rooms.

How Parents Can Promote Learning Through Guided Play

Every interaction with the world can offer children an opportunity to learn. Here's how play, and more specifically, guided play with a parent can encourage learning.
Randy Williams

Jack the Ripper Was Not ‘He’ But ‘They’

Distinctly different approach to identifying Jack the Ripper looks at groups that advocate violence for social manipulation.

Summer Reading

Breaking waves and beach houses are lovely, but nothing says summer like a day in the sun with a tote full of books.

Celebrate Human Creativity with the Abundance Mentality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
If the complexities and volatility of the world seem bewildering, what can you do for your own health and well-being? Do you have a scarcity mentality? Is change possible?

Turn Off Thinking to Foster Creative Solutions

An overworked brain is like overworked muscles—pretty much useless.

Julia Glass Talks About "Overnight" Success and New Novel

By Jennifer Haupt on July 05, 2017 in One True Thing
Is fame and fortune really rewarding? Sustainable? The author of "A House Among the Trees" explores the perils of success.

Creativity—what's Curiosity Got to Do with It?

Are inquiring minds creative minds?

Three Steps to Elevate Your Perspective

Finding new perspectives is hard to do even in slow times. Today, it takes conscious effort. Here are the steps to take to see new things and gain new insights.

Three New Findings on Intelligence and Giftedness

Some brand new findings on human intelligence and giftedness from the International Society for Intelligence Research.

Paul Booth’s Dark Path to Enlightenment

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“The tattoo becomes an exorcism of sorts.”

Imagination Is More Important than Knowledge? No, It's Not.

You can't be a good shot-putter without lungs. And you can't be a good physicist without knowledge.

Why Do I Make Circles?

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Couch and Stage
While visiting Konya, Turkey, an artist who photographs circles, meets "the grandson" of the mystical poet, Rumi, and reflects upon the experience of being a refugee.

Running for a Song

How do you write a song? someone asks. I am new to this game, and am almost embarrassed to answer: “I go for a run.”

The Wall

By Frances Kuffel on June 30, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
Regret piled up on regret until I had to hurt physically to match the internal stream of ache.

One Weird Trick to a Stress-Free Independence Day

Want to avoid stress over the holidays? This one weird trick goes a long way!