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

Efficacy and Confidence in the Mentally Ill

Common sense, reasoning and emotional intelligence are qualities often diminished in the psychotic mentally ill. The clinician may augment these through psychotherapy.

Creativity Is Not About Amateurs or Academies

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on November 30, 2015 Tracking Wonder
We have big problems causing big divides. We have a huge global class divide that is becoming canyon-wide and deep. We have people resurrecting primal fears and prejudices and hatreds.

As Easy as Apple Pie

By Susan Hooper on November 29, 2015 Detours and Tangents
After a bad experience with a pie crust, I learned the value of keeping it simple, trusting my instincts and using common sense. I also discovered you can learn a lot about life from making a pie.

Review of Windt's book on dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Dream Catcher
Windt expertly and systematically reviews the latest research on the nature of dreams.

The Bloody, Secret Life Of Theories

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Language in the Mind
To the lay-person, the Academy is the venue where research is focused, with almost saintly zeal, on pursuing truth. But academic research is always framed in terms of a prevailing theory, which, like cultures, and people, are social phantasms, that come with baggage, good, bad and downright ugly.

What If Your Mom Wore a Bone in Her Nose?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 Creating in Flow
When an anthropologist goes native and marries a woman from the Amazonian Rainforest, their son's story of growing up makes for fascinating reading.

In Discussing "Youth," Jane Fonda Touches on "Superfluidity"

Jane Fonda recently described the awe-inspiring aspects of having a peak experience while discussing her upcoming movie 'Youth.'

Imagination in Action: Interview With Shaun McNiff

Imagination in action is about accepting the struggles, mistakes and failures and realizing that they are all part of the challenging process of personal transformation. Put down that coloring book and give yourself the gift of spontaneous, authentic, creative expression.

How to Feng Shui Your Workspace

By Caroline Beaton on November 21, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
The science behind your office environment.

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

We typically think of math anxiety as universally bad for math learning, but a team of scholars have now discovered that the relationship between math anxiety and learning is much more complex.

7 Ways Meditation Supercharges Your Brain

By Susan Reynolds on November 20, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
Pausing daily, or at least regularly, to meditate can have amazing benefits for your brain, from increasing brain volume, to boosting focus and supercharging neurons. Here’s the lowdown on 7 long-term brain benefits.

What Can Wounded Storytellers Teach Us?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 The Empowerment Diary
Many memoirs are based on the author's experience with illness, trauma or the loss of a loved one. Narrative writing is one way to make sense of difficult times. Writing also facilitates reflection on lived experiences. Sharing our stories helps us heal, and also helps readers navigate their own journey.

Have You Had a Good Argument Recently?

Engaging in constructive controversy will not only make your day more enjoyable and interesting, but it has the potential to improve your decision making, increase your creativity, and raise the level of your cognitive and moral reasoning.

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 Language in the Mind
The Oxford Dictionaries 2015 word of the year isn't a word. In fact, it's an emoji. What does this mean for the changing status of language in the digital age?

Family Background, Creativity, and Genius

Is the intense motivation of creative persons and geniuses, as manifested by months- or years-long devotions to a project in science, art, or other fields, due to inheritance or other family background factors? I describe a controlled empirical study of 435 Nobel laureates in science and 215 literary prizewinners.

Why Innovation Is So Hard

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 Innovation You
If you really want to innovate, you need to make it a deliberate part of your process. You can't start at the moment innovation happens, but you can create an environment of constructive conflict where risks are taken, and efforts are honestly evaluated.

Culture Is Not a Luxury

The history of humanity is known and understood through the arts and artifacts left behind.

Do You Like Reading Poetry and Getting Caught in the Rain?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 12, 2015 Open Gently
Metaphorical thinking and sarcasm can be good for you.

Fire Up Your Neuronal Network

By Susan Reynolds on November 12, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
Meditation serves as a gateway between the everyday lives we lead and our innermost selves, that which makes us unique and feels most authentic to who we are—in life, and in art. The more access we have to the innermost, sacred parts of our self, the more we are able to express what matters most to us in our work.

Imagination Is Another Way to Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 12, 2015 On Having Fun
Any use of the imagination strengthens our imagination, any use teaches us how to imagine more vividly, more creatively, more decision-makingly. For fun, for profit, and/or life.

Do Video Games Measure IQ?

Games like Big Brain Academy on the Wii are marketed to us as brain training tools to help us get sharper and have a good time doing it. We never really consider another option: That perhaps these games are actually measuring our IQ.

Keep Moving

How can our thinking/working spaces be made more creativity-friendly?

Creativity and Psychiatric Illnesses

Small effects of many genes may increase the risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Some of these same genes may also contribute to creativity. Increased creativity may be helpful in terms of human evolution.

Writing to Be Heard, Writing to Heal

Poetry and the healing power of writing to work through questions of anger and loss

Why Is Cat Humor so Appealing?

By Mark Peters on November 10, 2015 Laughing Stock
I talk to Angie Bailey about what makes cat humor funny.

"Superfluidity" and the "Hot Hand" Are Synonymous

Recently, David Remnick wrote a brilliant article in the New Yorker, Bob Dylan and the “Hot Hand," which reminded me of concepts I’ve been trying to convey about the extraordinary—but also universal—experience of “superfluidity.” After reading Remnick's essay, it's clear to me that "the hot hand" and "superfluidity" occur both in sports and the creative process.

Have Common Core Standards Killed Student Creativity?

Many educators believe the concept of creativity has been abandoned by today’s standards-based schools. Yet teachers can and do foster creativity in their classrooms each and every day. Learn six ways teachers expand minds and foster creative thinking.

Surfing Your Creativity: Key to an Optimal Life

World-class editor Betsy Rapoport shares wisdom on how to find what really matters most.

Creative Psychiatric Revolutions: A History

Psychiatry is one of the most challenging fields in medicine. It has evolved through a series of creative developments, beginning with overcoming beliefs in demonic possession and the removal of chains from the hospitalized to current medicinal, psychotherapeutic and social treatments.

Gifted Career Thriving: Personality Traits

What if your already identified gifts of outstanding intelligence and/or creativity could be combined with powerful and positive personality traits that would allow you to soar?