Essential Reads

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How Your Brain Takes Good Ideas and Makes Them Better

By Guest Blogger on October 10, 2017 in The Guest Room
Bending, breaking, and blending are enduring tools for innovation.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill

The Art of Nostalgia

Nostalgia is an aesthetic form of memory, and our relation to our nostalgic memories is much like that of a painter to a work of art.

What David and Goliath Teach Entrepreneurs About Winning

By Chengwei Liu Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Decisions Defined
What the David and Goliath story teaches entrepreneurs about beating incumbents? Do not copy their "best practices." Instead, exploiting their predictable blind spots.

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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".

Your Dreams: Interpreted and Drawn

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Dream Factory
DreamsID is a new touring performance art project between dream scientist Professor Mark Blagrove, and artist and illustrator Dr. Julia Lockheart.

Mourning a Legacy of Racial Violence

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Me in We
How narrative can help us understand racial terror and heal intergenerational trauma.

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour, Accompanied by Alzheimer’s

By Dean Olsher MS, MT-BC, LCAT on August 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
"Even though Campbell cannot recognize himself in a home movie from his younger days, he is still able to deploy his exquisite singing voice and guitar chops onstage."
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What's More Likely to Increase Creativity—Netflix or Zumba?

Have some folks watch Netflix for an hour. Have some other folks take a Zumba class. Then test their creativity. What do you expect that the results will be? Here's the answer!

How Americans Really Feel about Solo Travel

By Andrea Bartz on August 08, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
Who vacations alone—and why? The answers may surprise you.