Essential Reads

Criticizing Personal Autonomy

Self-realization comes not from control but from connection

How to Take on a Challenge

What does it take to make the impossible possible?

Demons, Drivers and Defenses

Will therapy make you happier but less creative?

Viola Davis Matters

Casting with diversity in mind is good for everyone

Recent Posts on Creativity

Grief and Art: A Survivor's Act of Love

By Jennifer Haupt on September 14, 2015 One True Thing
Poet Priscilla Long asks: What does art do for the grieving person, the survivor? Art beholds the beloved, remembers the beloved, makes the beloved visible. And art laments. Art keens. Art puts the private agony of grief out into the world where it reverberates with an elemental core of our human condition.

Comedy Is Part Coping Mechanism, Part Tornado

By Mark Peters on September 14, 2015 Laughing Stock
Humorist and stand-up River Clegg discusses comedy as a natural phenomenon, coping mechanism, and outsider's point of view.

Who Invented Your Phone?

Gossipers and journalists alike greeted rumors then announcements this month about the latest variations-on-a-theme from Apple telephony with breathless excitement. A new weight was required when pressing on part of the phone! Astonishing! Hold the presses! Why are we so fascinated by these tiny 'improvements?' And who makes these changes?

How to Change Your Life

By Sheila Kohler on September 13, 2015 Dreaming for Freud
So often in life one feels a victim, forced by circumstances, personality, or even up-bringing to suffer in silence or "to grin and bear it." Many of us were brought up in the English tradition where one is expected not to explain or complain but to carry on cheerfully regardless.

What’s Wrong with Ekaterina Demidova?

By Peter Toohey on September 12, 2015 Annals of the Emotions
Should you feel proud rather than guilty that you’ve been depressed? Why would anyone be proud of being depressed? There are some positive answers to be found in art. They show depression could mean you’re creative and maybe clever too - but also better connected socially. Depression is a painful condition, but I’m not alone in reckoning that it offers some advantages.

Women by Design, Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 Design on My Mind
A patchwork of life experiences lies just beneath the surface of our outdoor and indoor places. Do you want to reveal this rich tapestry of life?

Out of Darkness and Into a Glowing World of Technicolor

Gina Marie Applebee had been blind for five years when her senses woke up and she started imagining reality in ways that often accurately reflect her surroundings.

On World Suicide Prevention Day - Can Your Words Kill You?

One study focusing on eminent people from the 20th Century found a suicide rate of 5%, hundreds of times higher than the suicide rate in the UK's general population.

What We've Got Wrong With the K-State Marching Band Story

The Kansas State University marching band director is in hot water following this weekend’s halftime performance. However, this 3-second segment is taken out of context. With the drill in motion, the announcement, and the music it all makes sense. So who are the real losers in this story?

Mean vs. Kind Humor

By Rebecca Coffey on September 08, 2015 The Bejeezus Out of Me
Are “affiliative” and “self-enhancing” forms of humor healthier than “aggressive” and “self-defeating” forms?

Skeptics Create True Believers in Your Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 Innovation You
Innovation begins and ends with a question. If you are always looking for answers, you're missing out on unexpected opportunities.

Is Being Normal a Disadvantage in Life?

Society assumes that conditions like ADHD and ADD are a handicap. There is increasing evidence that they are a huge advantage in real life.

Neglect and Creative Resilence

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 The Me in We
Creative resilience after a childhood of neglect.

The Good Reasons Why Some People Are Happy Being Single

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 06, 2015 Living Single
Researchers got a lot of attention for showing that single people who like to avoid conflict in their relationships are just as happy as coupled people, and happier than singles who don't care about avoiding conflict. But those are grudging reasons for being happily single. Here are some research-based positive reasons.

Who Am I? A Fragmented Professional Identity

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on September 03, 2015 Art on Trial
In prisons, where anything can happen, therapists' identities become fluid, constantly shifting until it’s sometimes difficult to remember who we even are. This post examines how such personal challenges arose, providing real life — sometimes horrible — experiences that forced such confusion, and yet how, as an art therapist, tools were available to overcome such trials.

Superfluidity: Decoding the Enigma of Cognitive Flexibility

By Christopher Bergland on September 02, 2015 The Athlete's Way
Brain researchers have developed new tools for predicting levels of cognitive flexibility and "superfluidity" of thought.

Be an ADHD World Changer

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 The Gift of ADHD
You can use feelings of shame or of being different to help you discover where your creative contributions lie.

Steve Jobs - The Visionary in the Man (in the Machine)

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 02, 2015 Just Listen
It seems we can't let go of Steve Jobs until we figure our the secret to his genius, so that we can all think like one. Use this 4 step formula to come darn close.

Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

Does the productivity of scientific careers come at the cost of creativity? One foundation director worries that it does.

Lessons From Kenyan Consumers About Technology & Marketing

Kenya is the global leader in mobile financial services innovation. I describe the lessons from M-Pesa's success story for technology marketers and consumers.

Want to be a Parent?

Parents are not rational. Children are not choices. Neither parents nor children are individuals. Rather, parents and children emerge together, in relation to one another, expressions of life itself, as a potential matrix of mutually enabling loves.

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.

Assembling Your Innovation Advisory Board

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 Innovation You
Conflict is inevitable when you put such a wide variety of perspectives on one advisory board—and that's a good thing.

A Tribute to Letter Writing and to Oliver Sacks

My friendship with Oliver Sacks blossomed through an old fashioned medium, letter writing.

Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

By Drew Boyd on August 30, 2015 Inside the Box
Hindsight bias, also known as the “knew-it-all-along effect”, is the inclination to see events that have already occurred as being more predictable than they were before they took place. Hindsight bias causes you to view events as more predictable than they really are. After an event, people often believe that they knew the outcome of the event before it actually happened.

Solving Problems in Your Dreams

By Kristian Marlow on August 29, 2015 The Superhuman Mind
Combine your next all-nighter with meaningful rest through lucid dreaming.

The Sweetness of September

By Rictor Noren on August 29, 2015 Music Maker
John Field guides us gently through this change of seasons, and invites us into a deeper conversation with ourselves.

25 Simple Trust Building Behaviors

Engagement. Innovation. Trust. Stop thinking about the outcomes you want. Focus, instead, on the simple, organic, and natural way to get all three. Explore what that looks like with these 25 behaviors.

How To Write a Healing Poem

For years psychotherapists have been advocating writing healing poems as a way to navigate through difficult times. In doing so, it's important that the poem is written from the heart and not the mind. The best poems begin with an image or a feeling. This blog offers tips on how to write a poem for emerging and established writers.

Abstract Ideas Lead to Real-World Resilience

Your ability to bounce back from challenge may be all in your imagination.