Essential Reads

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art therapy is and always has been a resilience-building approach.

More Music, More Empathy

Could music be an effective way to curb bullying and reduce prejudice?

Why It's Imperative to Teach Entrepreneurship

Empowering young people to craft the lives they dream to live.

This Can Give You the Advantage in Online Dating

How to advertise yourself in online dating

Recent Posts on Creativity

Schizophrenic Thought: Madness or Potential for Genius?

Recent findings suggest that it's time to fundamentally re-conceptualize the thought processes of people with schizophrenia, not as madness but as potential for creative greatness.

How “Open” Should Innovation Be?

By Moses Ma on March 02, 2009 in The Tao of Innovation
What the heck is open innovation, anyway? Is it really an obviously good thing, like having an open heart, or maybe a more complicated thing, like asking your spouse for an open marriage? Here are the three enabling factors that can help you can transform the collaborative process at your company, especially around innovation, without inadvertently opening the kimono to potential competitors.

Writers Do It Often (Amid Chaos)

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 27, 2009 in Creating in Flow
Do you growl at interruptions when you're writing? Whether you're easygoing or disciplined, you probably have a routine that works for you. Or perhaps it isn't working for you.

Nature's Economic Stimulus Package

By Richard Louv on February 27, 2009 in People in Nature
Reducing our society’s nature-deficit disorder can’t pay the mortgage or immediately replace a lost job, but doing so could help reduce stress, and improve our health and our sanity.

Death and the Miser, or Making Sure You Don't Leave the Most Important Things Behind

By Michael F Steger Ph.D. on February 27, 2009 in The Meaning in Life
Meaning can be found in the strangest places. It's not just the joyful things that help us feel our lives matter; often it's the most painful things. It's a venerable paradox. The more you dive into life and love those around you, the more you risk losing when death comes. Yet, if you don't love strongly, fully, and heedlessly, life is hollowed out and is just a shadow of what it could be.

More on the "Seven Questions" About Psychotherapy

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on February 23, 2009 in Evil Deeds
Following in the footsteps of fellow PT bloggers Drs. Jared DeFife and Judith Beck (Dr. Aaron Beck's daughter), I'd like to offer a response of my own to Dr. Ryan Howes' interesting and revealing series of interviews on the "Seven Questions."

Be Here Now: Mindfulness and the Creative Spirit

Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to the details of the present moment. When we are engaged in the process of creating--whether through words, music, art, or movement--without getting caught up in where it might be leading, it is a form of mindfulness. Enjoy a short film that will remind you to "be here now."

Why Ski

By Peter D Kramer on February 17, 2009 in In Practice

The Five Year Ban: Global Over-Population Part II

By Steven Kotler on February 13, 2009 in The Playing Field
So I made a lot of people very angry with my last post-understandable. The facts are scary and the truth uncomfortable. That said, a great many of my new fans have managed to skew what I wrote into incredibly peculiar directions. For error correction purposes, I'm going to devote my next few blogs to different aspects of this topic.

Emotional Learning

By Maureen D Healy on February 11, 2009 in Creative Development
Are your children becoming emotionally intelligent?

A Missing Piece in the Economic Stimulus: Hobbling Arts Hobbles Innovation

As the economy stumbles, the first things to get cut at the national, state, and local levels are the arts. Arts, common wisdom tells us, are luxuries we can do without in times of crisis. Or can we? 

Breaking Away

By Moses Ma on February 10, 2009 in The Tao of Innovation

Sexuality, Intimacy and the Masculine/Feminine Archetype

A great deal of couples work focuses on intimacy and sexuality or, more to the point, the lack and loss of it. In a recent post, I mentioned the differences in the way that men and women approach emotional connection and sexuality. A bit of reflection upon that model begs an exploration of the role of masculine and feminine archetypes in this, and how those constructs complement and conflict with socially defined gender roles. 

Wrestling With Demons: The Spiritual Redemption of Mickey Rourke

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on February 03, 2009 in Evil Deeds
Actor Mickey Rourke's recent public comeback in the Oscar-nominated movie "The Wrestler," is really a dramatic tale of rage, redemption and rebirth. But Rourke's personal and artistic resurrection didn't happen quickly or easily. Or without help.

Free Market Madness

By Dan Ariely on February 02, 2009 in Predictably Irrational
Psychology Today's new blogger Dan Ubel, author of Free Market Madness, discusses the relationship between capitalism, McDonald's, and our expanding waistlines.

The Art and Science of Play

Some people seem born to play. In fact, the urge to play drives just about everything they do. And in some cases, it ends up linking multiple interests and endeavors across the arts and sciences into one large network of creative enterprise. Among these people count Desmond Morris, artist, scientist and science writer. 

We've Gotta Crow

By Peter D Kramer on January 20, 2009 in In Practice

The Primacy of Anger Problems

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 18, 2009 in Evil Deeds
Anger is perhaps the most troublesome and challenging emotion to tackle therapeutically. Since most therapists today see anger or rage as symptoms of underlying fear, hurt or shame, there is a tendency to de-emphasize the importance and primacy of anger in favor of focusing on that which secondarily fuels it. This is a serious therapeutic mistake in my opinion. A monumental and costly failure of contemporary psychotherapy.