Essential Reads

Getting Existential with Josh Rouse

Musician Uses Mindfulness to Manage Anxiety

Cities Are Green After All

Agriculture fingered as key source of global warming.

The Myth of Creativity On-Demand

Recreate the environments you're most creative in.

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights

She’s accused of child neglect for allowing her children some freedom.

Recent Posts on Creativity

How to Shift Unwholesome Thoughts

We can develop new skills at any age, especially with mindfulness training. Here are three techniques to help you shift painful afflictive thoughts & feelings.

How to Fix Any Problem: The 3 Step Approach

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 08, 2015 in Fixing Families
While the content of the problems we are forced to deal with every day constantly changes, the basic approach we need to put the problem to rest is always the same. Here are the three steps.

The Macabre Side of Growing Up Catholic

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on April 08, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
There is no shortage of ferocity and bloodshed in the traditions and histories of most religions. However, it is curious how those living within their personal theological fishbowls can so clearly see the barbarism of other people’s practices while celebrating the holiness of their own.

Black and Yellow: Blasian Narratives

These “Blasians” are creating something new, testing how much unity there is in such diverse experiences of Blackness and Asian-ness.

The Candy Man: A Prisoner Paints with Delectable Materials

Sometimes the art completed by a prison inmate transcends the limitations inherent in the rigidly controlled and tedious prison environment, with the artist often relying on very unusual materials—candy M & Ms to be precise—from which to create. This post presents the highly unorthodox yet beautiful art created by Blasi, a man locked up for murder over 30 years ago.

The Art of Breaking Up

An example of how to apply creative thinking to breaking up with someone

Love Affair Between Psychology and Poetry

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on April 07, 2015 in The Empowerment Diary
April is National Poetry month and a good time to reflect upon the long-standing connection and mutual respect between psychologists and poets. It has been said that every psychologist has a favorite poet, and every poet has a favorite psychologist. Both professions have keen observational skills and are able to identify deep inner truths of any given moment.

The Coming Climate Disruptions: Are You Hopeful?

Hope is such a muddled word: “We must have hope!” “There is light at the end of the tunnel!” Why do climate books and speeches have to end on a note of hope? Re-thinking hope in the face of overwhelming climate changes.

The Wisdom Behind the Saying “Get Some Perspective?”

Maintaining a new habit becomes easier when people ask themselves why they are doing an activity rather than how they are doing it.

The Best Way to Look for the Next Big Thing

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on April 06, 2015 in Innovation You
Pay attention. Look up, look down, look all around yourself. Look for the things that other people don't see. Chances are if you see an obvious occasion to innovate, other people see it, too.

Is Mind Wandering a Good or Bad Thing?

By Ray Williams on April 05, 2015 in Wired for Success
Is mind wandering a good thing or bad thing? Is it the same as being on “autopilot,” without being conscious of what you are doing? There seems to be several differing perspectives on these questions.

Are You Rejecting Your Feminine Traits?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on April 04, 2015 in Real Women
Feminine traits hold little value in society today, and until women reclaim them, and we collectively honour them, women will continue to struggle with showing up authentically and with power. And men will remain in their gender normed roles, unable to create the changes they are seeking, and that we collectively need. It is time for a new model of power to emerge.

Getting Testy About All Those Tests?

Is your school district testing too much or too little?

The Psychology of Spring Cleaning

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 03, 2015 in The New You
For many of us the onset of spring is a reminder to start our annual spring overhauls – decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of an organized closet, a sparkling counter top, and possibly more open spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity.

Good In Bed: Funny Men Give More Orgasms

By Gil Greengross Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in Humor Sapiens
Women with humorous partners experience more and stronger orgasms

Be Careful of the Ironies in Your Life

By Tim Elmore on April 02, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
History is full of irony. Consider some of the more famous statements leader’s have made and how’s it’s come back to haunt them later...

The Attractiveness of Personality Traits

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in A Sideways View
Some traits are more attractive than others. But there are downsides to all extreme scorers. Is there a downside to being a sociable extravert or a highly agreeable person?

10 Essential Humor Lessons

The amusing, creative and witty person in a group is among the most powerful of its members.

Germanwings Talk Is Worsening the Stigma of Mental Illness

The problem is that labeling a person as “crazy” or “mentally ill” does not in any way explain why the plane was crashed and those on board murdered.

The Flynn Effect as Adaptive Change

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in The Human Beast
All living creatures can change to fit in with their environment. Some of that flexibility is due to gene selection but a lot is developmental. The Flynn effect of rising IQ in developed countries is an enrichment effect of modern life. It arises due to the adaptive response of our brain to the increased challenges it faces.

Suicide's Undertow

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
Kathryn Craft experienced an intense suicide standoff; she has processed the trauma through a tense and well-paced novel.

Make a Present of the Present

There is a lot of talk about living for the moment. Maurice Ravel had a practical way to achieve it.

Creativity Hiding in the Headlines

“Anglo Saxon Eye Remedy Kills Deadly Superbug.” It’s the kind of headline that is sure to attract anyone interested in ancient, complementary and alternative medicines, but why post it in a creativity blog? Well, if you haven’t guessed by now, creativity can hide anywhere, manifest itself in any field, and impart its lessons through any medium. So read on!

Why Do Humans Dance?

Why DO humans dance? You might think this question would be an easy one to answer. It isn’t!

Music Therapy Activities Wiki

Learn more about music therapy, the value of music therapists and how music therapists envision and develop music therapy strategies. MusicTherapyActivities.Wikia.com is an encyclopedic collection of therapeutic music activities, indexed by goal and objective—and it will help you understand more about the range of this dynamic approach to health.

The Internet Is Not a Playground

Browsing online can be a wonderful thing—until it's not such a wonderful thing.

Discover the Joy of Missing Out

Turn down the noise from our wired world to reconnect with your true self and your true life.

High School and Beyond

As a parent, you understand the desire to help your child succeed in the world and have the best future possible. Many parents dream their child will be successful, obtain postsecondary education, excel academically and most of all: find a career that is rewarding and satisfying. After all, isn't that the American dream?

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' adoption provided an environment that helped him become the co-founder and major influence of Apple Computers, but his genetic inheritance was also crucial.

Why Create Minor Characters in a Novel, Story or Essay?

By Sheila Kohler on March 30, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
Russian stories are often filled with a vast number of minor characters whose names we may find difficult to pronounce or remember. So why does Turgenev, for example, in a short story like Mumu ( 1854) give us not only his main character,Gerasim, the wonderful deaf and dumb serf, but the woman he belongs to, as well as a tailor, Kapiton Klimov who is a sad drunkard.