These days, the boundaries between promotion, self-promotion, science, and story-telling are fraying. When I thought I was at the forefront of this trend, I was bested by Mr. Sperling (or someone who wrote in his name).
Self-stereotyping is an intriguing but fickle phenomenon. When we see similarities between ourselves and a group, it is usually because we project from us to them, and not because we stereotype ourselves.
Don’t worry – be creative. Research shows that positive moods pave the road to creative accomplishment. The question is then how to get into a good mood and stay in it. Reading the blogs at Psychology Today might be just the thing.
No wonder that many of you are getting impatient with the field of psychology as the head-banging and hand-wringing of what we may presume to know continues. In order to enjoy this post, you need to remember your notes from intro stats.
Happiness is great. Creativity is awesome. Punch through the conflicts and paradoxes and make it happen. Or take a random walk and stumble into it. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. [Mixed metaphors are creative—if awkward.]
Creativity is born of the conflict between mastery of the old (the box) and the desire for the new (outside). Much as you can’t have a rebel without a cause, you can’t have creativity without convention.
Questions of psychological interest pop up everywhere. My approach to blogging is promiscuous, opportunistic, and heterodox. I comment on a variety of issues, ranging from animal behavior to the human experience of guilt and happiness to philosophy of science. I draw on personal experience, recent public events such as movies or media debacles, and of course the peer-reviewed archive of our field.