Essential Reads

The Future Has Come and Gone: You Just Missed It

There is no data on the future where breakthrough innovation happens.

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

When creativity turns malevolent, you'll want to stay out of its way

Science and the Online Dating Profile

Using evidence to connect electronically

Make Your Dreams Come True, Be Extreme

Put yourself on the road to success by being excessive

Recent Posts on Creativity

Be More Creative Today

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on March 10, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
While we individually cannot do much to change our educational system or paradigms right now, we can change our approach to creativity today in our homes and classrooms, including these five mindsets and habits that parents and teachers can to use encourage children of all ages, and ourselves, to hang on to and nurture our innate creative capacity.

Spirituality for Beginners 3: What is a Person?

Thinking about 'What is a person?', it is natural to think about biological, psychological and social elements, but to get the whole picture, a spiritual dimension must be considered as well.

Sleep On It

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 09, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
An age-old formula for dissolving an impasse is to sleep on it. This also works for inspiring new ideas. But taking preparatory steps before going to bed can maximize sleep for its full creative potential.

Taking Stock Before Taking the Stage

When great musicians are on stage, the music seems to flow from them. It happens almost organically, naturally driven by passion, free of contrivance and strain. Because of this, some may come to believe that performance success depends on shutting off the intellect. However, research suggests that thinking may be the most powerful resource toward fulfilling performances.

Why Businesses Will Pay More Attention to Personality In the Future

How personality may shape the future of employment

An Oasis of Ideas at TEDActive

By Max Lugavere on March 08, 2012 in The Optimalist
Seventy years ago, Abraham Maslow proposed the idea that human beings have a set of fundamental needs which must be met in order to unlock the full spectrum of one's intellectual abilities. The most basic of which are what you'd expect: food, water, safety, security, non-celibacy.

A Reel of Primary Colors

By Maureen Seaberg on March 08, 2012 in Sensorium
Green is not the only color Kate Spanos sees when performing Irish dance...

The Anatomy of Melancholy: Can Depression be Good for You?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 07, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Most people think of depression as a mental disorder, that is, a biological illness of the brain. Here I argue that the concept of depression as a mental disorder has been unhelpfully overextended to include all manner of human suffering, and, more controversially, that ‘depression' can even be good for us.

Deadline Dread

By Dennis Palumbo on March 07, 2012 in Hollywood on the Couch
Someone once said, "The problem with being a writer is that it's like always having homework due." Whether a screenwriter on assignment, a member of a TV series' writing staff, or a struggling writer who's promised his or her agent a terrific new spec pilot, everyone's faced a deadline at some point.

Battle of the Exes: Clinical Couples and Conflict Galore

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on March 07, 2012 in Reel Therapy
One of MTV's hottest reality shows, Battle of the Exes, showcases clinical couples—partners who fight and are likely to break-up. To understand why this is and what can be done about it please read on...

On Laughter and Improbability

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on March 07, 2012 in Time Out
This is the season of masquerade holidays for both Christians and Jews. While Purim and Carnival or Mardi Gras differ dramatically in their history—and in their meaning, message and customs—the holidays resonate with some of the deepest chords of the human condition.

Social Networking Can Nourish or Kill, Like a Knife

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on March 07, 2012 in Am I Right?
Like knives and mirrors, we can either nourish or kill ourselves with social networks.

The Secular Movement Can Save Your Birth Control

By David Niose on March 07, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
If you're worried about the attack on birth control, you should consider where it comes from.

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy

Trauma-informed expressive arts therapy is based on the idea that art expression is helpful in reconnecting implicit (sensory) and explicit (declarative) memories of trauma. Here is a primer to get you started.

The Scale and History of the Universe

By Gregg Henriques on March 06, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
I think it is valuable that we teach individuals broad frames to think about the Universe and our place in it. That was why I was so excited to stumble upon the following interactive website called The Scale of the Universe, developed by 14-year-old (!) Cary Huang.

Finding a Good Therapist

So you (or your character) are looking for a therapist. What should you look for? How will you find a good one? (Conversely, if you want to portray a rotten therapist for your character, have her ignore all of what follows!)

How To Be Emotionally Stable Without Getting Bored

By Max Lugavere on March 06, 2012 in The Optimalist
I was recently introduced to the writing of Nick Cox and became so overwhelmed by one particular piece of his, called "How To Be Emotionally Stable Without Getting Bored," that I took a little creative liberty and turned it into a song. At once beautiful and bleak, the goal was to articulate the hero's journey on a cosmic scale.

Vietnam, Version 2.0?

Not your father's Vietnam...

Are You a Neophiliac?

We all need to change, but some of us need change more than others. A true "neophiliac" seeks novelty with a passion and finds sameness to be insufferable. See how you rate on the 4 key dimensions of this basic personality trait.

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development

Over the last seventy-five years a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of imaginative play as a vital component to the normal development of a child.

Four Good Times of Day to Meditate (And One to Avoid)

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 06, 2012 in Minding the Body
When is the best time of day to meditate? According to two experts, the answer depends on what you hope to get out of it.

The Grade Debate: Can We Meet in the Middle?

What is your philosophy on the grade and testing debate in education? How can we do our best for the most children today? The answer lies in our ability to understand that both sides of the grade debate are flawed, that unless we come to a middle ground understanding of what kids need to succeed, our schools will continue on their path to mediocrity.

How To Make Museums More Movie-like

By Max Lugavere on March 05, 2012 in The Optimalist
How can one possibly worship at the altar of arguably humanity's greatest contribution to the Universe—art—in a space filled with fluorescent lights and a cacophony of tour guides, bustling crowds, loud school groups?


Plato wrote about the extrasensory nature of all highly creative achievements in his dialogue Ion: "For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses. When he has not attained to this state he is powerless and is unable to utter his oracles."

Do We Learn While We're Asleep?

In a nation where most people burn the candle at both ends, sleep is a precious and increasingly scarce commodity. But what if there is more to sleep than just rest? What if we actually learn while snoozing? Would that motivate you to put sleep higher on your priority list?

Author Robert Davidson: Trusting Your Artistic Sixth Sense

By Jennifer Haupt on March 03, 2012 in One True Thing
"Anything seems possible in the first draft of a story. There’s great fun in kicking over a bucket of mop water and seeing where the spill takes you." -- Robert Davidson

Synesthetes: "People of the Future"

By Maureen Seaberg on March 03, 2012 in Sensorium
Rapper, composer, producer and clothing designer Pharrell Williams does much to bolster the view that synesthetes are often creatives.