Essential Reads

Playing With Politics vs. Playing Politics

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Play in Mind
Is the game of politics play?

Purposeful Quirks Can Help You Build a Can-Do Attitude

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Creating in Flow
I interviewed dozens of famous writers and wrote a book about them. One of the nicest was Carolyn See. Read my interview with her now.

Manipulating Memory With the Mind's Eye

New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.

Seeking Idea Sparks

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
What helps us as inspiration seekers?

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The Father of Modern Neuroscience Was an Athlete and Artist

By Christopher Bergland on January 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the father of modern neuroscience. He was also an extraordinary artist. On Jan. 28, his artworks will be shown in an American museum for the first time.

Standing With the National Endowment for the Arts

The possible elimination of the NEA and other small agencies has been reported by sources such as The Hill, Americans for the Arts and other groups over the past week.

Mike Watt’s Whole Enchilada

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 25, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“Where is the focus?” That is the question that Mike Watt fired back at me when I asked him what advice he would give to aspiring musicians.

Mason Swearingen and the Psychology of the Tribute Band

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Beginnings, the group, which formed in 2002, has grown steadily, boasting 32 shows across the country in 2017—and that’s only through May.

Inaugurations, Women’s Marches, and the Social Role of Music

I've found myself wondering what type of music we'll hear this weekend...and how they'll reflect the upcoming administration and women's march.

Procrastination, Depression and Creativity

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Don't Delay
A brief post to highlight a recent podcast and a book that anyone troubled by procrastination will want to listen to and read, respectively.

A Poem for the President

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on January 18, 2017 in A Sound Mind
At his inauguration, President Kennedy signaled his administration’s commitment to the notion that the creative arts are essential to a healthy democracy.

5 Writing Tips for Breaking Through Procrastination

By Judy Carter on January 17, 2017 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Procrastinating about writing? Is your creativity block? Guess what? Professional writers are just as anxious as you are and often use shame to fuel their creativity. Read on…

Montessori: A Good School Choice for Smart Kids?

Montessori schools vary widely, as do individual children’s temperaments, abilities, and learning needs. Here are some criteria to consider in school decision-making.

Was Frida Kahlo a Narcissist?

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on January 13, 2017 in Life After 50
Why is there so much interest in Frida Kahlo? When she married Diego Rivera, he was a world-renowned painter and she was virtually unknown.

As Though Your Life Depended on It

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on January 13, 2017 in A Sound Mind
Faced with a threat to his very existence, the composer responded in the most uniquely human way possible—with an act of artistic creation.

Minimum Daily Requirement for Creativity

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Tips to help you "Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists."
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Dangerous Minds

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 08, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
On a trip to Paris to visit the places where writers worked out ideas, I was reminded of the benefits of sustained discussions of ideas.

Agnes Obel’s Empathy Technology

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Talking with Agnes Obel is more relaxing than talking with 99 percent of my therapist friends who aspire to help people cope with anxiety.

An Epiphany

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on January 06, 2017 in A Sound Mind
An unfamiliar voice proposed something radical and completely unexpected. It told me to go to church. This came as a rather huge surprise, as I am a dedicated non-believer.
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Dreaming Is Play: A New Theory of Dream Psychology

The best way to understand the psychological power of dreaming is to recognize it as a kind of play that promotes the flexibility and adaptive creativity of the human mind.

Nathan Stocker’s New Normal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in Brick by Brick
On one level, things are going great for Nathan Stocker and his indie rock band Hippo Campus.

Commit to Mental Wellbeing

Do you want motivation and inspiration on ways to commit to mental wellbeing for yourself, your family, your community? Check out these amazing programs from around the world.

6 New Novels With Unexpected, Unforgettable Characters

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 02, 2017 in Creating in Flow
I get bored reading the same kind of novel over and over. But when an author shows me a fresh point of view, I'm hooked. These books lure you in with unusual characters.

How to Improve the Process of Your Next Project

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 02, 2017 in Digital Leaders
To ensure great work, I needed to find a way to accelerate the process of cohesion, so I developed the Ways of Working Canvas...

2017 New Year's Resolution: Be More Creative

By Drew Boyd on January 02, 2017 in Inside the Box
Being creative helps you become a better problem solver in all areas of your life and work.

A Message for Artists -- and for the Artist in Everyone

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Art is not a luxury. In the wake of the 2016 election in the United States, making and appreciating art of all kinds is more important than ever. It is vital to our humanity.

50 Poets You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Let me know what poets from this list whose work you love and let me know, too, what names you think I should have included.

3 Things Your Dreams May Reveal About You

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 31, 2016 in Head Games
Recent research shows how our psychology can be reflected in our dreams.

Creativity and Emotional Well-Being: Recent Research

Creative engagement can impact your general sense of well-being; two recent studies on creativity clarify just how creativity affects emotional health in particular.

Powering Up: Turning on Optimism

Don't live life as if you are "doing time." Let optimism free you from a life of mediocrity.

Why We Owe Carrie Fisher a Debt of Gratitude

Carrie Fisher was a champion for mental health and helped reduce stigma about mental illness and brain disorders. We owe her a debt of gratitude for being open about her struggle.

Why DIY Is Bad Advice for Entrepreneurs and Creatives

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 27, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Easy access to information and software doesn't mean you should—or can—build your venture alone. Here's why DIT (Do-It-Together) beats DIY.

Love Conquers All At The Universal Hip Hop Museum

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 23, 2016 in Brick by Brick
In the 45 years since Hip Hop was founded in the South Bronx of New York City, it has been a form of artistic expression to help people deal with various forms of adversity...

Keep the "Child" in Childhood

If we keep chipping away at childhood, how will future generations deal with a world transformed by digital reality and robotic versions of ourselves?