Essential Reads

Traveling, Fighting, Dancing: Illness and Recovery Metaphors

By Emily T. Troscianko on December 05, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Metaphors shape our language and our thought. Paying attention to them in illness and in health can help us clarify our defaults and experiment with other possibilities.

Seeing the Creative Value in a New Good Idea Isn't Easy

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
What helps us to recognize good novel ideas?

How to Be UnLonely During the Holidays

By Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH on November 29, 2017 in Being Unlonely
How creative expression can lead to being "UnLonely."

How to Manage Self-Doubt as an Entrepreneur

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? These science-backed mindset shifts can help battle self-doubt.

More Posts on Creativity


By Graham Collier on November 06, 2017 in The Consciousness Question
The Utopian concept of human consciousness seems extremely foreign nowadays.

Profiles in Persistance: Oren

By Mendi Baron on November 06, 2017 in On the Verge
Struggle to find inspiration to pursue your dream? Check out other dreamers and how they do it!

7 Suggestions to Help You Find Writerly Flow

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Here is some creatively inspiring advice from writers and poets to help you find your own sense of flow.

"Lady Bird" II: To Be, or Not To Be, Traumatized

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig's film "Lady Bird" depicts a child whose mother can't accept her - but who ends up a self-sustaining, successful human being anyway. And she loves her mother.

Office Hours: Bob Kulhan

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in Innovation You
Bob Kulhan discusses how improv can spark creativity.

Casablanca at 75

By Dean Olsher LCAT, MT-BC, MS on November 03, 2017 in A Sound Mind
The film has important lessons for our time––about love, betrayal, the fight against fascism, and the necessity of music.

The Dog, the Flame, and the Magic Circle

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Play in Mind
Unbidden ideas will lead you if you’re prepared to follow them.

Think You’re Not a Virgin? Consider This

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Living Single
People with no romantic relationship experience often feel shame. They shouldn’t. In other times and places, they probably wouldn’t.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

What's Your Innovation Mindset?

Is your perspective on creativity lifting you up––or weighing you down?

Animal Intersection: The Intelligence-Happiness Connection

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 31, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How humans and animals derive joy from working together. For many species, happiness is closely linked with opportunities to stretch our minds and work as part of a team.

Expressive Arts Therapy and the Arts in Health

Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.

Iain Thomas: Why Read Poetry?

By Jennifer Haupt on October 26, 2017 in One True Thing
Young people find something a poet has written, take a picture and post it to their social media accounts as a way to say, “I’ve felt this. I just didn't know how to say it."

So You Want to Write a Book

By Melissa Kirk on October 26, 2017 in Test Case
You know you can do it, but there’s a little niggling sense of “What if I’m not good enough?” or “I don’t know how to write a book” or “I’m too busy..."

Why Is There So Much Hate in the World?

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Couch and Stage
A modest attempt at imagining an integration of hate, love, and hope.

Office Hours with Jeff DeGraff – Matthew VanBesien

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Innovation You
The Dean of Innovation interviews thought leaders on the broad subject of innovation.

Giving Up "The Gift"

By Jennifer Hamady on October 25, 2017 in Finding Your Voice
To maximize your talents and abilities, focus less on how special they are, and more on your enjoyment of developing them, and yourself.

A Fresh Take on “Stages of Life”—It Can Change Your Life!

Creating stages for development is the greatest gift we can give to young people.

What Can Companies Do to Create a Culture of Innovation?

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Innovation You
The benefits to joint innovation efforts are plenty.

Go With Green

Thinking of sprucing up your home before end-of-year entertaining begins? Use what scientists have learned to select your hues.

Ziggurat Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on October 22, 2017 in Brain Workout
Ziggurat puzzles are relatively unknown. But they will stimulate the verbal part of the brain in an effective manner.

Rembrandt's Creativity: The Magnificent Self-Portraits

Rembrandt created more self-portraits than any other major artist. Not a matter of self-aggrandizement, it was the creation of an artistic field based on pictorial self metaphor.

The Hope Instinct of Joey Tempest

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“Hope stays until the very end for most of us.”

Why Do We Fall Into Patterns of Doing Things the Same Way?

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Innovation You
And how can these patterns be broken?

Ben Weinman Passes the Torch to God Mother

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Brick by Brick
I realized music can sound in many different ways and that these guys were doing it just for the love of music and not for anyone else. That grew a seed in me...

Untitled Creativity Post

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on October 18, 2017 in Pop Psych
Thinking about when creativity is liable to thrive and wither.

Top Examples of Innovation in Action

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Innovation You
When people think of innovation, they usually picture gadgets or maybe a miracle drug. Oftentimes, the greatest innovations are subtler.
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Building on Blindness (Willa-1)

By Elizabeth Young on October 15, 2017 in Adaptations
"Going blind," Willa says, "I fear I may become invisible."

Why Brendan Hines Wishes He Had Said Hello to Elvis Costello

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Nobody wants to be considered one-dimensional.