Essential Reads

Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

Blending irony and sincerity is essential to an ethical vision.

Open Source Innovation: What's In and What's Out

The new open source landscape is a vastly fertile one

Simple, Everyday Actions That Support Mental Health

Elena Greco on mental health and community support

Want to Know What Constitutes Play?

First try asking what play isn’t

Recent Posts on Creativity

Can We Slow Down Time?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 08, 2012 in Off the Couch
Mathew*, a twenty-year-old college student, Terri*, a thirty-three-year-old who works in finance, and Pete*, a fifty-nine-year-old granddad, might not have much to talk about. But they have at least one thing in common: they all feel that the days, weeks and months are speeding by too quickly.

Would You Relive Your Life?

Life is a lot like football. You make your choices and have to deal with where you land.

The Four Secrets to Being Hypomanic Successfully

By Tom Wootton on April 06, 2012 in Bipolar Advantage
This article will introduce bipolars and therapists alike to a four step approach to getting Bipolar IN Order instead of avoidance or leaving it in disorder. We follow the current evidence-based methods to achieve recovery as a critical and necessary first step, while providing a path utilizing the same and more advanced tools for accomplishing something much greater.

The Shabbas Box

How one family uses an old shoe box to support positive behaviors at home.

Can People Tell When You're Depressed?

By Donna Barstow on April 06, 2012 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Okay, you're feeling sad, a little hopeless. Do you keep these feelings to yourself, or risk sharing them with other people, and dragging them down, too? And is this cartoon too negative?

Everything You Need to Know About Talent

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 05, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Know any creative people who have talent to spare? Douglas Eby has probably interviewed them. And now he's come out with an excellent resource.

Can You Be Hypomanic Without Losing Control?

By Tom Wootton on April 05, 2012 in Bipolar Advantage
We must learn to take responsibility for our states and keep them from getting to places that we cannot control.

Preschoolers Need More Outdoor Play with Parents

If you’re the parent of a young child, you probably already know many of the benefits of outdoor play. Not only does it help strengthen motor skills, prevent obesity, and support creativity, but playing outside even promotes mental health and well-being.

Alcohol Benefits the Creative Process

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on April 04, 2012 in Choke
Creative thought is something we often aspire to. Whether it’s in terms of artistic products, scientific discoveries, or business innovations, creative accomplishments drive advancement in much of what we do.

Society Doesn't Create Morality and Neither Do Individuals

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on April 04, 2012 in Am I Right?
Religious commandments, social conventions, and codes of conduct can assist you in making moral decisions, but they are no substitute for ethical judgments

Is Your Financial Partnership Organized or Hilarious?

Once you get the business of life organized, you take the onus off tax time. You may feel added pressure if you need to pay Uncle Sam but tallying those deduction totals shouldn’t be the heart-stopper it has been in the past.

Wrong Way Columbus

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on April 03, 2012 in Innovation You
Most school children know the story of the First Voyage of Christopher Columbus though its interpretation now ranges anywhere from the triumph of the spirit to persevere in the Age of Discovery to some corrupt form of economic plundering in the Age of Imperialism. History is seldom clean.

The Evocative Power of Music

John Milton, the 17th Century English poet, wrote about music in Paradise Lost, as follows: "Music, the greatest good that mortals know / And all of heaven we have below." Almost 300 years later, Sigmund Freud—one of the founders of modern psychiatry—declared that music is the royal road to the soul.

Is America "on the Wrong Side of History"?

President Obama has said that "we know the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow." A recent article in The New York Times suggests that Chinese leaders think America is "on the wrong side of history" and is headed for decline. What are we doing to develop an intellectually competitive team for America's future?

Seeking Flow in an Empty Boat

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 02, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Mark Salzman is a warm compassionate writer who struggled with writer's block and the meaning of life. We discussed his creative process a decade ago—and now.

Undeep Thoughts and Paralipomena

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 02, 2012 in One Among Many
That these fragments are not peer-reviewed does not mean that they are wrong.

How Technology is Changing What We Eat

Preparing and eating food is one of the most fundamental activities of humanity. It’s only natural that we’ll see changes in our psychology reflected how we choose to shop and cook, and what we want to eat. Here are some examples of how technology has shaped our food preferences and the innovative ways the food industry is responding.

Does It Make Any Sense to Apply Quantum Mechanics to How People Think?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on April 01, 2012 in Mindbloggling
Go into any bookstore and you can find books on ‘quantum computation’, ‘quantum healing’, and even ‘quantum golf’. But quantum mechanics describes stuff in the microworld of subatomic particles, right? Surely it makes no sense to apply it to macroscopic stuff like computers and golf, let alone psychological stuff like thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

How Teamwork Can Damage Productivity

By Ray Williams on March 31, 2012 in Wired for Success
Work is now commonly organized into teams in most organizations, and conventional wisdom is that working in groups is more productive than individual work. Yet, research on work in groups shows that teamwork can actually inhibit or even damage productivity.

Affirmative Action in Brazil

Affirmative action in Brazil runs up against the question, “Who is black?”

A Caribbean Synesthete Blogger Finds Community

By Maureen Seaberg on March 30, 2012 in Sensorium
René D. Quiñones Molina lit a synesthetic candle instead of cursing the darkness.

Anne Lamott: On Unexpectedly Becoming a Grandmother

By Jennifer Haupt on March 30, 2012 in One True Thing
"I started out with a lot of faith, but these three-plus years since the kids got pregnant really tested me." Read more from prolific author Anne Lamott.

Unleashing the Power of Your Pelvis

By Pamela Madsen on March 30, 2012 in Shameless Woman
What if it was possible to use your sexual energy not just for great sex, but to fuel other parts of your life like your career, fertility, or even crafty activities such as painting or cooking? It's all about harnessing the power of your pelvis, and then unleashing that energy right where you want it.

Amazing Bilingual Writers I

Some bilingual authors actually write literature in their second or third language despite the fact that writing is one of the most demanding skills ever acquired. Who are these very special bilinguals?

Making Love with Your Bliss

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on March 29, 2012 in Digital Altruism
Spring has sprung with a leap and a bound. Sooner it seems, than in previous years.

Hedge First, Optimize Later

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 29, 2012 in Innovation You
As with all religions or political philosophies, the converted are always the great evangelists for they have overcome the darkness within to find the greater illumination. But Saint Paul is a particularly difficult figure to reconcile.

The Creative Thinking Myth

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 29, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
The right-brained creativity myth isn't the only limited notion of what creativity is, what it requires, and how it happens. Again, let me be audacious enough to mention another one: the creative thinking myth. And you tell me what you think.