Essential Reads

Do Generations Exist?

Are generations caricatures or are they drivers of social and cultural change?

Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning"

Personalized is to personal as sentimentality is to sentiment

Traveling Through Time

And why we do it every day.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Recent Posts on Creativity

I’m Sexy and I Know It

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on February 18, 2012 in Millennial Media
Infomercial innovations may be diagnostic of disordered thinking about women's bodies. Much in the same way that certain behaviors may be clinically significant in assessing for pathology, "Trendy Tops" and "Strap Perfects" may also be indicators that something is definitely wrong.

The Self-Education of Oscar Micheaux

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on February 18, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
Whether his achievements were the result of talent or practice or something else entirely, one trait stands out as allowing Oscar Micheaux to pursue his successive dreams: He was willing to be the oddball and to appear foolish in others’ eyes.

Creativity and Intelligence: The Underlying BVSR Process

By Sandeep Gautam on February 18, 2012 in The Fundamental Four
This post continues the previous discussion of opposition between creativity and intelligence and does this time by looking at one of the theories of creativity: Blind variation and selective retention, proposed by Campbell about 50 years ago .

65 Quotes on Dancing

Dancing. You may love it or you may hate it, but it is universal. Learn what famous authors, dancers, and choreographers have to say about this worldwide activity. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."

Bad Luck, Bad Choices or Psychological Reversal?

What seems like bad luck or self-defeating choices may stem from the subconscious workings of a phenomenon that therapists are just at the very beginning stages of recognizing and treating.

The Power of Absence

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Time Out
What do deadbeat dads, estranged or dead relatives, and birth parents in closed adoptions have in common? What they have in common is the power of absence. That's when what isn't there is what captures attention, and traps it in an emotional embrace. The power of absence; let's look at how it works.

Conquer the Bugs of Distraction

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 16, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Most creatives struggle with at least three kinds of distracting insects—life's fleas, society's gnats, and the mind's mosquitoes. Tools & resources can help you focus on doing your best work day-in, day-out.

Johnny Cash and Mental Hurt

By Adrian Preda M.D. on February 15, 2012 in A Psychiatrist at Large
Artistic, sensitive or neurotic?

The Shamanic Synesthesia of the Kalahari Bushmen

By Maureen Seaberg on February 15, 2012 in Sensorium
Dr. Bradford Keeney has studied synesthesia among the Kalahari Bushmen of Southern Africa.

Q&A With Author Dan Chaon

By Jennifer Haupt on February 15, 2012 in One True Thing
"Fiction is a particular kind of rhetoric, a way of thinking that I think can be useful in your life. It asks you to image the world through someone else's eyes, and it allows you to try to empathize with situations that you haven't actually experienced."

Why Do We Work With Young People, Really?

By Nick Luxmoore on February 15, 2012 in Young People Up Close
Whether we're psychologists, teachers, therapists or social workers, there are easier and better-paid ways of earning a living than working with needy and often truculent young people. So why do we do it?

Understanding the Dynamics of Workaholism—Obsession

By Barbara Killinger Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in The Workaholics
In order to further understand one of the inner dynamics of workaholism—that perfectionism leads to obsession, and in turn, obsession leads to increasing levels of narcissism—our focus now turns to the role that obsession plays.

Dr. Neil Theise's Magnificent Time Wheels

By Maureen Seaberg on February 14, 2012 in Sensorium
Dr. Neil Theise's time appears in synesthetic wheel form and he can access specific times and dates with a mental "flick" motion akin to using an iPad or iPhone.

Why Relationships Work: Partner as Peer

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in What a Body Knows
It is that time of year again when we are greeted by article after article on how to find the right match, our soul mate, the perfect partner, and then, make it work. But these lists miss the most important point: such differences don't matter, or not in the same way, if your partner is a peer.

5 Tips for Postponing Procrastination

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Creating in Flow
I hate it when I'm not doing what I know and feel I ought/want/need to be doing. ... Here, then, are a few ways to think about what might be holding YOU back.

Some Ways to Practice Are More Perfect Than Others

What separates world-class performers from everyone else is how they practice. Here are the keys to becoming far better at whatever you love doing.

Five Steps to a Great Workout

Is your exercise routine getting blah? Add some zest by moving to the music. Zumba, Jazzercise, and Bodystep combine the self-expression of dance therapy with proven benefits to physical health to boost your mood, your self-image, and even your cognitive skills.

How Novels Make Me a Murderer

When we read a story, literary folk say that we "identify" with robbers, killers, thieves, and all kinds of vicious types. Why? What is it about stories that induces us to share criminal impulses?

Judgment Be Damned

By Jonathan Fields on February 14, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
Recently, I shared how inviting judgment can and should be a critical part of any creation endeavor; how judgment is really just data plus emotion. And we shouldn't reject the data simply because we're not equipped to process the emotion in a constructive way.

The Artist and the Great Silent Film Memory Divide

By Jefferson Singer Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Life Scripts
The Artist bridges a generational divide for baby boomers.

Does Adele's Ex-Boyfriend Deserve Any Credit for Her Success?

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
If a creative person uses a lost love for inspiration, does the ex deserve any of the credit?

A Valentine's Day Proposition

By Lynn Phillips on February 13, 2012 in Dream On
Prepare to cut up a few scientific journals into valentines. Last time out we marveled at how often the phrase “casual sex” twists therapists' minds into strange positions.This week we take a poke at some dubious research on women’s desire for “casual sex,” addressing Freud’s famous Valentine’s Day question, “What do women want, and is it me?”

It's the Age of Big Data: That's Why Math Counts!

These are the students who will help invent our future. Let's make sure that we help them.

Valentine Day's Thoughts on Love and Marriage

Smartmarriages founder Diane Sollee shares some of her favorite quotes on love and marriage. There's no time like Valentine's Day to think about what you can do to make your love relationship all the more positive.

What Is Good Teaching?

Valentine's Day is a good time to express your appreciation of teachers. It’s also a good time to define good teaching and think about unsung heroes. One good teacher in my life was Miss Elliott.

Why Do We Call It World Wide Web?

By Maureen Seaberg on February 13, 2012 in Sensorium
The co-inventor of the Internet named it World Wide Web for his synesthetic green "w's".

A Lost Love Art Exhibit

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
Art galleries don't usually feature exhibitions based on lost love, but the Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) is doing just that.

Forget About Love This Valentine's Day, Celebrate Lust Instead

By Simon M Laham Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in The Science of Sin
Learn how lust can make you smarter, more creative, and even more virtuous this Valentine's Day.

How Do We Get Kids to Want to Be Einstein?

A conversation with Alex Knapp—writer, futurist, and knowledge evangelist. Here are his thoughts ... On writing: “There are lots of writers with great prose who, in the end, have nothing to say.” On imagination, creativity, and knowledge: “Imagination is a key aspect of creativity, but imagination is useless without a body of knowledge to build from.”