Essential Reads

Finding (and Making) Sweet Spots in Your Creative Process

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
Where's your sweet spot for coming up with good ideas?

Why We Need To Structure Our Days Differently Than We Think

Are you using your brain as effectively as you could be? A few changes can go a long way.

Should You "Write First, Edit Later"?

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is "write first, edit later," but does this work for everybody?

Right Brain and Left Brain Share Duties On "As Needed" Basis

By Christopher Bergland on September 17, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Growing evidence debunks the myth of creativity being seated in the "right brain." A new Duke study illuminates how the left brain and right brain can share duties when necessary.

More Posts on Creativity

What Makes Sad Music…Sad?

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Your Musical Self
How does music make us feel? Research helps explain how the structure of music itself can be arranged to express emotions.

The Creepy Appeal of the Bad Guy Narrator

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Creating in Flow
When the bad guy pops into your head and demands a novel, what can you do? That's easy. You write from the point of view of a narcissist.

De-crazifying Crypto, Part II: An Open Letter to Wall Street

By Moses Ma on September 19, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Bitcoin may end up a bubble, but the total market cap for all blockchain ventures in a decade could be in the hundreds of billions. So focus on blockchains, not bitcoins.

I Like a Gloomy Day

Do gloomy days deflate you? It can be easy to become sad, blue and down. However, you can begin to look forward to a gloomy day and get enjoyment out of it, as I do.

Alan Robert Is Filling the Void

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Brick by Brick
His "Beauty of Horror" coloring books feature a mysterious and mischievous undead girl named Ghouliana who tricks colorists into doing her bidding through misleading poetry.
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Has Apple "Jumped The Poop" With Its New Animoji?

By John Nosta on September 13, 2017 in The Digital Self
Personalized emojis are great. But has Apple gone a little too far at its announcement meeting?

Exploding Three Myths and Stereotypes of Aging

Are we really predestined to become senile and fall apart as we age? Let's stand up for ourselves and appreciate the facts of growing older.

Unplug, Get Bored, Create

By Lybi Ma on September 05, 2017 in Brainstorm
How spacing out can unlock your creativity. By Manoush Zomorodi.

Walking in Rhythm

By Dean Olsher MS, MT-BC, LCAT on September 04, 2017 in A Sound Mind
How will you spend your next hour of free time? You can lie on the couch and stare at Facebook or take an extended walk. Which choice do you think is better for your mood?

Do I Dare to Read a Poem?

The poets considered most brilliant are the ones who most directly confront our deepest fears.
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Writing About Sex and Intimacy

By Diana Raab PhD on September 04, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Have you always wanted to write about your intimate experiences or fantasies but didn't know where to start? Here are some suggestions and tips on how to begin.

Democratizing Play

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Play in Mind
“Social leisure” that once enriched American life has declined as Americans have forsaken group play (bowling leagues and bridge nights, for instance) for more solitary amusement.

How to Write Your Story

By Sheila Kohler on September 01, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
You may imagine you have all the right stuff. It may not be as easy as you had expected.

GoT Innovation?

By Moses Ma on September 01, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
There are subtle lessons about innovation and leadership in Game of Thrones. Here's an exploration of four paths to entrepreneurial success, or the Iron Throne.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 5

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in In One Lifespan
There are five disciplines that need to be mastered.

The Faith Project: Finding New Moves to Make

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
The Faith Project is on track to offer deeper understanding of how movement patterns – and practices of dancing – are at work shaping realms we assume are cerebral and spiritual.

Art Therapy and Non-First-Person Narratives

Talking to your therapist about your art? Try shifting your perspective from first person to "non-first-person" language. It can make a big difference.

Remembering Barbara Cook

By Susan Hooper on August 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
Legendary singer Barbara Cook, who died in August at 89, overcame crippling mid-career alcoholism and depression. Her 2016 memoir "Then & Now" is a moving reflection on her life.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 4

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in In One Lifespan
We need to broaden the scope of our thinking in relation to human intelligence.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 2

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in In One Lifespan
The first century of our ‘third’ millennium is an incredibly fascinating and unique point in human history.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 1

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Fixed beliefs may lead us to ignore aspects of reality.

Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Writing about loss can change your life in a positive way. Consider the five stages to writing and healing as explained in this guest post by Sandra Marinella.

The Science of the Daydreaming Paradox for Innovation

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 22, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Most people aren’t trained to daydream on purpose. That’s where the art of deliberate daydreaming comes in and where science is catching up with the wisdom.

Jackson Pollock's Creation of Abstract Expressionism

Pollock's early painting was derived but he overcame symptoms of bipolar disorder and alcoholism to invent abstract expressionism by means of the creative janusian process.

Projection in Race Relations

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in The Me in We
Considering projective mechanisms in U.S. race relations.

Creativity and Aging

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Life After 50
Does creativity involve taking risks?

Maybe We Should Build a Wall to Keep Our Talented People In

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Innovation You
Diversity is an essential element of an innovation ecosystem because it brings a wide range of mindsets and talents into close proximity.
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Did You Have a Productive Summer?

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Why do we feel that we have to produce something, like an egg squeezed from a chicken, to justify three months of life?

Questions of Realness

When we watch real people portray fictional characters, do we react to them in the same way as we react to watching real people on the street?

Decrazifying Cryptocurrency

By Moses Ma on August 15, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Curious about the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency revolution? Here's a balanced analysis of what's going on with Bitcoin, the "Kim Kardashian of currency".