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Psychopaths Can Actually Be Creative People

Psychopathy, a trait associated with antisocial qualities, may show up in a prosocial form among creative people. New research shows the physiology supporting this intriguing link

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Happy?

Does AI spell the doom of humankind? Or should we welcome it? Given the significant limitations of human rationality, only AI can help humans to solve many difficult problems.

What Goes Into the Creative Act? Can Therapy Be Creative?

By Sheila Kohler on October 16, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Is there any overlap between therapy and the creative act?

What Is the Link Between Alcohol and Creative Genius?

By Tom Shroder on October 05, 2016 in Acid Test
My author grandfather said he couldn't write when he wasn't drinking. It might have won him a Pulitzer Prize. It definitely killed him.

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The Anatomy of a Game Changer

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in A Sideways View
The business world is obsessed with finding and nurturing real game changers. What are they like?

What Bill Taught

By Peter D Kramer on September 26, 2016 in In Practice
W. P. Kinsella died last week. He's known for writing the novel that became the movie "Field of Dreams." But he also held a world record. And Bill could teach.

Why Should You Write Your Memoir?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you trying to decide whether to write your memoir? One reason people write their memoirs is because they feel they've got a story to tell and only they can tell it.
K. Ramsland

The Murder Market

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Novelist takes readers on a very dark journey into the addictive world of the murder market.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Psychological tests that are trusted by one generation may be debunked by the next. A selection of tests to learn about and try, just for fun, are found in Psychobook.
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Don’t Just ‘Face’ Fear: Attack the Ambush

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Author Bob Mayer offers writers strong advice from battlefield training.
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Not Productive? 7 Ways to Get Unstuck

By Mark Banschick M.D. on September 20, 2016 in The Intelligent Divorce
Summer is over. Are you having problems switching gears? Here are 7 ways to get going.

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 9

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Groups working to maximize their collective understanding of societal problems need a space where they are free to exercise their intelligence.

On the Personal Essay

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview with Phillip Lopate

Setting Effective Treatment Targets for Angry Patients

The truth that I believe we must integrate is that people don’t change for their mental health counselors. They change because their behavior impacts those they love.

Art Therapy

Do you believe that making art is healing and life enhancing? Are you interested in mental health as well? Art therapy combines the two in a unique profession.

When Was the Last Time You Floated On Your Inner River?

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 15, 2016 in On Having Fun
Is there a water feature in your Inner Playground?

Tune Up Your Therapy with Healing Song and Support

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Invisible Chains
Feeling stuck or shy and lacking joy? Singing in a supportive group can help bring your groove back.

#BecauseofArtsEd: Arts Education and Me

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Your Musical Self
This week is National Arts in Education week. How did arts education impact you?

The Other Einstein—Was There One?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Singletons
At what point can a writer legitimately cross the line between fact and fiction?

Drawing Is a Simple, Powerful Way to Improve Your Mood

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 12, 2016 in Minding the Body
When you're in a bad mood, drawing for just 15 minutes may lift your spirits. But to maximize the benefit, there are a couple of things you need to do, a recent study shows.

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Revealing Memoir

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Creating in Flow
A memoir can be written by anyone, yet the best ones are authored by those who have learned to dig deep and write what others might fear to.

Connecting in the Land of Dementia

By The Book Brigade on September 08, 2016 in The Author Speaks
It’s possible to connect with those who have dementia. The trick is to select activities that call on powers of creativity and communication that bypass rational thinking.

What Keeps Us Glued to the Screen?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
New TV series, Notorious, should inspire conversations about the entanglements of news, crime, and viewers.

You're Awesome! How Sarcasm Enhances Creativity

By Drew Boyd on September 07, 2016 in Inside the Box
A sarcastic remark is a creative act. Used appropriately, it can boost the creative output of both sender and receiver.

Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

By Nir Eyal on September 06, 2016 in Automatic You
New research helps explains how to Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

Dear Actor (or Artist), What You do is Invaluable

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on September 06, 2016 in Quite Queerly
Actors, and all artists, develop their own voices so as to inspire the voices of other people. And in that sense, one can practice their artistic craft in everything they do.

Serendipity and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A series of coincidences made possible a unique approach to a serial killer's narrative.

Black Wave: Alcoholism, Creativity, and Today’s Truth

By Ariel Gore on September 05, 2016 in Women and Happiness
"The similarities between being a writer and an alcoholic far outweigh the differences. They both seem to spring from what may be a glitch in my neurochemistry." —Michelle Tea

Top 5 Benefits of a Geek-Out

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A Geek-Out goes beyond what any tour guide can tell you, because you seek a direct experience of the subject you embrace.

The Thin Line Between Fiction and Fact

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A new novel about the relationship of Einstein and his wife Mileva, told from her point of view, strays too far from the truth.

Dreams of Finding Treasure

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Unearthing buried treasure in your dream may predict a period of creativity in your life

Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain: 9 Creative Tips

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
One of these new guides for creatives may offer you the precise bit of advice you need to engage with the work that means the world to you.

How is the Creative Process an Act of Faith?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Sometimes, in the process of making art, an obstacle is the path, and creativity is an act of faith.

Why Art Therapy Works

What makes art therapy "work" has eluded the profession—until recently. Researchers have constructed a five-part model that summarizes the key factors.