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

The Seismic Shift on the Jersey Shore

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on January 21, 2012 in Reel Therapy
What is happening at the Jersey Shore? Distress is spreading through the reality television cast like the plague. Well, that's a little melodramatic, but something is definitely up!

Time to Ask Again: Why Aren't You Writing?

The threat of not being good enough can stop you before you write the first word.

Barry, You're Helping Us Feel Better

President Obama, in less than a minute your smooth vocal riff gave me just a little more hope and certainly put a little soul in my step today (and possibly an earworm that is going to make me hear this song when I want to fall asleep tonight).

50 Quotes on Living Well

Looking for some tips on living the best life possible? Here are 50 quotes showing you the way.

12 Ways to Age—Into Agelessness, Part 3

Of the dozen suggestions in this post for feeling perpetually young, Part 1 took up the first four, and Part 2 elaborated on an additional four. Here I'll expand on four final ways to stay young in mind, regardless of age.

The Key to Self-Esteem? Accomplishment.

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on January 20, 2012 in The Fallible Mind
A fisherman wants to catch his own fish, not be handed one. If you want self esteem, do estimable things.

Why Networking Is the Essential Professional Skill

By Ray Williams on January 19, 2012 in Wired for Success
Networking is increasingly being promoted as both a business and personal social skill. There's no doubt that both the social media form of networking and personal face-to-face networking has become a fundamental part of the modern landscape.

What, Cognitively, Does an Actor Actually Do?

An actor uses his/her theory of mind, empathy, and emotion-regulation skills to create a realistic portrayal of a character for our enjoyment.

A Winning Way to Get Started Writing Your Life Story

Sometimes the hardest part of writing is getting started. Here's a highly effective launch strategy for autobiographical writing. If it works well for you, you can use it to begin each chapter as well as the book as a whole.

The Two Most Deadly Words to Innovation

By Jonathan Fields on January 17, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
It was so obvious. So clearly true. Yet, how many of us still sit and wait for proof that the nutty idea in our heads WILL work, before we're willing to invest more time, money, energy and risk of loss and judgment?

The Introvert in the Workplace: How to Maximize Your Productivity

How is personality related to creativity? Neuroscience research tells us that extroverts, not introverts, have greater "alpha power," allowing them to produce more original ideas. However, we're all a little introverted and all a little extroverted. Learn to achieve an optimal balance and you can maximize your own alpha power.

5 Ways to Tap into Your Intuition

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Have some decisions to make? Want to access more of your creativity? Try inviting the less analytical parts of your mind to contribute.

Martin Luther King: Depressed and Creatively Maladjusted

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 16, 2012 in Mood Swings
The psychology of Martin Luther King's leadership... and his depression.

The Structure and Dynamics of Growth Part 2

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Innovation You
How we come to know a thing is a curious amalgam of experience, perception, interpretation and its assimilation with what we believe we already understand.

Can Improvisation Make You a More Confident and Effective Communicator?

By Janine Driver on January 16, 2012 in You Say More Than You Think
When we think improv, most of the time we are thinking about actors and their prep for auditions. However, improv can be used for so much more than that. Improv is a collaborative effort and when you are acting silly and not thinking about your actions, you are actually loosening up.

So You Want to Be an Art Therapist, Part Seven: Art Therapis

Last year I posted a six-part series called "So You Want to be an Art Therapist," all about art therapy as a profession. Just when I thought that I had pretty much described what you'll encounter in studying art therapy and practicing as an art therapist, the field may be undergoing its own form of "identity confusion disorder."

Lost and Found: Women’s Identities Within the Family

Women are so phobic about feeling guilty that they’re much happier making sacrifices than having to face the guilt of people complaining about their choices. The worst thing you can call a woman is selfish. But when you think about that word – self-ish – isn’t it about taking care of your self?

Psychology's Best Movies

25% of all major Academy Awards have gone to movies involving psychological disorders or disturbed family relationships. Find out which disorder was the most popular theme of best actor, actress, and picture and why two Oscar winners have a connection to published psychology research.

Seven Strategies to Inspire and Nurture Creativity in Ourselves

The gift of creativity is not a magical, endless river of ideas, one more inspiring than the next. It takes work. So what can creative people do when their rivers start to run low?

Beyond Brainstorming

By V. Krishna Kumar Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in Psychology Masala
Mind Mapping: An approach to note taking, outlining, and generating ideas

10 Cheap Ways to Get Inspired (Now)

By Jen Kim on January 12, 2012 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Quick creative fixes for brain farts and boredom

Why We Write

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in The Flip Side
What do books do for us, exactly?

To Hold as 'Twere, The Mirror Up to Nature

Pretend and fiction are critical parts of our daily lives.