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Recent Posts on Creativity

Is Reality Enough for You?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 28, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Richard Dawkins respects the religious myths of others, while in The Magic of Reality he sticks to what we really know. And what we know is that this world is a wondrous place that doesn't need myth or magic to be awe-inspiring.

Dealing With Criticism

By Jennifer Hamady on March 28, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
Certainly we all need critics. But while on stage, let prior, future, and even current opinions fade- including your own. They no longer and do not yet exist. All that is present is the moment.

What Will Teens and Young Adults Be Like in 2020?

By Peg Streep on March 27, 2012 in Tech Support
Will a generation that's grown up digital bring new talents and abilities to society's table or will we see a diminution of creativity and analytical thought? No one really knows for sure...

Ideas From Unexpected Places…Like Elephants and Giraffes?

Intriguing ideas can come from unexpected places. Creativity involves finding ideas in one field and applying them to very different one, so what might managers learn from African animals that could help their organizations? Maybe more than they would think.

Crappy First Drafts of Great Books

When I teach freshman writing, my first job is to destroy my students' illusions. TV shows and films give them the dangerous idea that great authors just wait to get inspired, and then genius pours out of their pens in an unstoppable flood.

Reeled in by the Romance of Tradition?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on March 26, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
In the modern age of alternatives, not all pets are equal. Nor do all pet relationships fit traditional standards. One frequently mugged New Yorker has developed an unusually commitment-free pet plan.

What Leads Families to “Unschool” Their Children? Report II

By Peter Gray on March 26, 2012 in Freedom to Learn
Here, based on a survey of 232 unschooling families, I address these questions: Why did they remove their children from standard schooling? Why did they transition from homeschooling to unschooling? What authors, and what life experiences, influenced their decision?

Sensitivity Training: A Poem a Day

Sharing a poem with family and friends proves an excellent way for all ages to stay in touch. Here are ten poems to tease you into the game. Brief and cutting to the core, a daily dose of poetry is good for the heart.

The Ghost Constructed by the Machine

The physical characteristics of the human body place severe constraints on how the brain computes the mind, thereby shaping the ghost constructed by the machine.

Why Is It Socially Acceptable To Be Bad At Math?

Why is it socially unacceptable to be bad at reading?

Five Keys To Developing Your Deepest Gifts

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on March 25, 2012 in Finding Love
Core Gifts are the most tender places inside us. They lie at the very heart of our creativity and our love. If we open to them, they guide us inexorably to what matters most to us. To ignore them is to commit an act of quiet violence against ourselves. This post will help you discover your own core gifts, and will describe their five great hungers.

From College Dropout to Successful Businessman

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on March 25, 2012 in Off the Couch
Trevor* dropped out of a top tier college after his freshman year.

Pinned: Pinterest Porn

By Susan Harrow on March 24, 2012 in The Body Blog
I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that naked pics have found their way into a space dominated by domestic bliss, weddings, flowers, food, crafts, and style.

Must You Be a Cave-Dwelling Hermit to Write a Novel?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 24, 2012 in Creating in Flow
The laid-off (and laid-back) protagonist of this quirky novel gets an unbelievable offer: big bucks to be an ornamental cave-dwelling hermit.

Stress, Psychosis, and the Creator of "Kony 2012"

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on March 23, 2012 in Evil Deeds
Severe stress sometimes precipitates psychosis. When a citizen's behavior becomes so bizarre, threatening, self-destructive or violent that it demands the attention of the police, that individual may be legally detained against his or her will and taken to a designated psychiatric facility for evaluation and possible involuntary hospitalization. What happens next?

The War of Art: The Reason You’re Avoiding Your Most Important Work

Is there something critical in your life that you need to do or create, but something always seems to stop you? It's not you. Learn to battle the force called "resistance."

A Babysitter's Worst Nightmare

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on March 23, 2012 in Reel Therapy
"The Sitter" uses a familiar plot line—the goofy babysitter who gets overwhelmed by the kids from hell—to achieve fresh comedic commentary and even provide a few lessons in family therapy.

Jessica Tuccelli: Are Dreams Real?

By Jennifer Haupt on March 23, 2012 in One True Thing
"When I was a child, I imagined I could open a portal inside my head where my best friend would enter, and together we would adventure. She liked this idea, and so we agreed that I would concentrate before I went to sleep and send her a link, a telepathic conduit to dreamland." —Jessica Tuccelli

Myths of Right-Brained Creativity

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Let me be audacious enough to try to dispel a big myth of creativity: the right-brain creativity myth.

A Legacy Is More Intimidating Than Any Opposition

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 22, 2012 in Innovation You
The virtuous circle is the essential feature of any dynasty. The identity and value of the group is greater than any individual.

Beware the Entrepreneur's Recoil

By Jonathan Fields on March 22, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
I was recently giving a keynote before a room full of entrepreneurs and from the audience a voice yelled, "Why are you telling this to us? We're not the people who need to hear this. This is a waste of time."

Social Networking For People Who Hate Small Talk

By Susan Harrow on March 22, 2012 in The Body Blog
I don't want to know when you're going to sleep or take a leak. I don't want to hear about your baby's poop habits, or the tiff with the neighbor. Give me nourishment, not trivia.

Fall Back, Spring Forward

By Sonia Taitz on March 21, 2012 in Trauma and Families
For all the years I had no time to myself, I now had all the time I could want.

Five Is Male and Pure Blue

By Maureen Seaberg on March 21, 2012 in Sensorium
Writer and writing coach Steve Adams comes from a family of synesthetes in Texas...

Authentic Kindness Matters to Your Fulfillment

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on March 21, 2012 in Get Hardy
Authentic kindness opens you to unpredictable consequences, some of which may cause you discomfort. But, don't let this risk stop you from letting your kindness burst forth. You sacrifice experiences that fulfill and deep life's meaning and worth. Learn what this is all about.

Why People Get Better

By Stanton Peele on March 21, 2012 in Addiction in Society
While durable personality traits in people—partly inherited—might seem to be limiting factors in life, the personality characteristic of novelty-seeking seems to be a moving target. Once seen as the root of addiction and crime, it is now perceived as a way of maintaining fresh outlooks and approaches to life as people mature.