Creativity’s Monsters: Making Friends with Complexity

Creativity is about more than what time you wake up or what apps are on your phone. Being more creative requires us to be open to all the voices in our heads, even—or especially—the crazy ones.

Facebook 101: Smart Social Media for College Students

How, not whether, to use Facebook and other social networking sites may be key to improving college students' emotional well-being.

Shame and Motivation to Change

We know the feeling only too well: Our pulse quickens. Our faces flush. The feeling is so bad that we want to escape at all costs. But is shame always bad?

Introvert, Know Thyself Above All

In this golden age for introverts, let's not forget the value and wonder of human complexity.

Want to Take Better Notes? Get the Lead Out

One of the modern challenges for classroom teachers, especially at the college level, is how to deal with student use of laptops and other personal technology in the classroom. A new study suggests that, even when used solely for notes, laptops may not always be the best choice.

When It Comes to Creativity, Attitude Is Key

No creative problem solving exists free from any limitations. Rather than trying to eliminate constraints, we might want to engage with them more fully and to find reasons for doing so.

Shakespeare for Everyone

Poetry matters now more than ever, whether we read it, write it, or speak it, because it forces us to pay attention: to a word, a phrase, a line, an idea, or an object, if only for a few moments.

Unlocking the Power of Creative Blues

Few of us want to feel sad, but if we value creativity, we might not want to be too quick to turn on a happy song when we are feeling the blues.

When Not To Be Nice

Some of the most intense pressure I feel is not from my work or my personal goals or even society. The pressure I have the hardest time managing and resisting is the pressure to please. Everyone. All the time. I know I'm not alone.

Life With ADHD

Picture your mind as a Ferrari on a crowded highway. The car’s brakes, though, are broken, and the accelerator is welded to the floor, permanently at full speed. You are trapped in a warp speed machine, never being able to focus on one car around you for too long, for there are always more. Personally, I view it as a superpower. But it was not always this way.

The Creative College Student

College students have a valuable opportunity to develop their creativity in ways that will benefit them long after graduation. Here are three assignments to add to your usual schedule of classes.

When Life Poses Big Questions

Do you run from or embrace uncomfortable, existential questions? It's never too late or too early to create a more meaningful life.

Nerds, Love and the Meaning of Life

Nerds' unabashed love of learning goes beyond aptitude tests or college majors. It's an engagement with things and ideas that can give life meaning.

Aging, Acceptance and Affect

Acceptance does not mean resignation, avoidance of painful feelings, or optimism. It does mean an active, non-judgmental engagement with all emotions, both negative and positive.

When Teased Children Grow Up

I decided to study the other children and learn how to fit in better. I began to dress like them, talk like them, like what they liked, not like what they didn't like. I was very, very good at it.

Face Your Imposter

The question may not be whether we always deserve what we achieve, of even if we achieve what we deserve, but rather if we can learn to live with the discomfort inherent in the questions.

Actually, It Goes Both Ways

The gifted community is all abuzz about a recent post by Seth Godin titled “Actually, it goes the other way,” wherein the best-selling author and marketing guru implies that being gifted is a choice. I’m disappointed but not outraged, and here’s why.

Who Is the Aaron Swartz in Your Life?

Young people can often fool others into thinking they are more self-reliant, more confident, and more emotionally resilient than they are.

That Gratitude Thing Not Working Out for You?

Being able to feel and to express gratitude has been shown to make us both happier and healthier. One important factor, however, may influence whether the practice of gratitude actually does us any good.

This Fall, Get in the Swing of Doing Less

A commitment to doing less is not easy in our current productivity-obsessed culture and even takes some courage. The potential pay-off, however, is nothing less than life-changing.

Your Creative Summer

I am sharing here twelve TED Talks for twelve weeks of a more creative summer. Some of the presentations are specifically about creativity, while others inform us about one or more of the six ”high-touch and high-concept aptitudes” or senses that Pink says are crucial for the conceptual age in which we live.

Education Reform, One Assignment at a Time

Barbara Clark reminds us that “under the threat of grades, bright students balk at venturing into the unknown or trying any area in which they are not sure they will succeed.” The resulting perfectionism and risk-aversion, far from lessening in college, can cause university students to focus on grades to the exclusion of deep, personal, creative learning.

High School Years: College Prep or Life Prep?

It takes courage for parents to put college prep into a broader perspective during our children’s teenage years, especially when friends and family believe that admission to specific schools is the only validation of potential.

Mister Rogers' Emotional Neighborhood

While there are many different definitions of emotional intelligence, they all include being able to recognize, identify, or perceive one’s own emotions. The idea is simple, but the regular practice of staying with our feelings long enough to know them is often very difficult.

Be More Creative Today

While we individually cannot do much to change our educational system or paradigms right now, we can change our approach to creativity today in our homes and classrooms, including these five mindsets and habits that parents and teachers can to use encourage children of all ages, and ourselves, to hang on to and nurture our innate creative capacity.

The Self-Education of Oscar Micheaux

Whether his achievements were the result of talent or practice or something else entirely, one trait stands out as allowing Oscar Micheaux to pursue his successive dreams: He was willing to be the oddball and to appear foolish in others’ eyes.

Many Ages at Once

Gifted children will not necessarily fit comfortably within a group of age peers or meet usual expectations in terms of their development. For young children, this lack of fit may lead to misdiagnoses or premature diagnoses of learning and other disorders.

Social Media and the Hedgehog's Dilemma

To what extent do we use social media as the middle, safe distance to avoid having not only closer, unplugged relationships with others, but quieter and deeper relationships with ourselves?

Slow Intelligence

Learning skills of slowness may be particularly beneficial, and particularly challenging, for those who think the fastest.

To Be Your Best, Suck You Must

Just two months before winning the 2011 U.S. Open in record-breaking fashion, Rory McIlroy lost the Masters in what some pronounced “a breakdown of historic proportions.” How many of us, after sucking in such a public way, would have picked up our bags and gone home for good?