Essential Reads

How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation

Most of the matter in the known universe is stuff that we have no way of seeing.

One More Reason to Unplug Before Bedtime

Reading a bedtime story improves a child's brain function and mental imagery.

The Secret to Teaching Creativity

How do you teach creativity?

Don't Aim for Happiness

Melancholy can't be avoided.

Recent Posts on Creativity

The Coming Climate Disruptions: Are You Hopeful?

Hope is such a muddled word: “We must have hope!” “There is light at the end of the tunnel!” Why do climate books and speeches have to end on a note of hope? Re-thinking hope in the face of overwhelming climate changes.

The Wisdom Behind the Saying “Get Some Perspective?”

Maintaining a new habit becomes easier when people ask themselves why they are doing an activity rather than how they are doing it.

The Best Way to Look for the Next Big Thing

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on April 06, 2015 in Innovation You
Pay attention. Look up, look down, look all around yourself. Look for the things that other people don't see. Chances are if you see an obvious occasion to innovate, other people see it, too.

Is Mind Wandering a Good or Bad Thing?

By Ray Williams on April 05, 2015 in Wired for Success
Is mind wandering a good thing or bad thing? Is it the same as being on “autopilot,” without being conscious of what you are doing? There seems to be several differing perspectives on these questions.

Are You Rejecting Your Feminine Traits?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on April 04, 2015 in Real Women
Feminine traits hold little value in society today, and until women reclaim them, and we collectively honour them, women will continue to struggle with showing up authentically and with power. And men will remain in their gender normed roles, unable to create the changes they are seeking, and that we collectively need. It is time for a new model of power to emerge.

Getting Testy About All Those Tests?

Is your school district testing too much or too little?

The Psychology of Spring Cleaning

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 03, 2015 in The New You
For many of us the onset of spring is a reminder to start our annual spring overhauls – decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of an organized closet, a sparkling counter top, and possibly more open spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity.

Good In Bed: Funny Men Give More Orgasms

By Gil Greengross Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in Humor Sapiens
Women with humorous partners experience more and stronger orgasms

Be Careful of the Ironies in Your Life

By Tim Elmore on April 02, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
History is full of irony. Consider some of the more famous statements leader’s have made and how’s it’s come back to haunt them later...

The Attractiveness of Personality Traits

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in A Sideways View
Some traits are more attractive than others. But there are downsides to all extreme scorers. Is there a downside to being a sociable extravert or a highly agreeable person?

10 Essential Humor Lessons

The amusing, creative and witty person in a group is among the most powerful of its members.

Germanwings Talk Is Worsening the Stigma of Mental Illness

The problem is that labeling a person as “crazy” or “mentally ill” does not in any way explain why the plane was crashed and those on board murdered.

The Flynn Effect as Adaptive Change

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in The Human Beast
All living creatures can change to fit in with their environment. Some of that flexibility is due to gene selection but a lot is developmental. The Flynn effect of rising IQ in developed countries is an enrichment effect of modern life. It arises due to the adaptive response of our brain to the increased challenges it faces.

Suicide's Undertow

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
Kathryn Craft experienced an intense suicide standoff; she has processed the trauma through a tense and well-paced novel.

Make a Present of the Present

There is a lot of talk about living for the moment. Maurice Ravel had a practical way to achieve it.

Creativity Hiding in the Headlines

“Anglo Saxon Eye Remedy Kills Deadly Superbug.” It’s the kind of headline that is sure to attract anyone interested in ancient, complementary and alternative medicines, but why post it in a creativity blog? Well, if you haven’t guessed by now, creativity can hide anywhere, manifest itself in any field, and impart its lessons through any medium. So read on!

Why Do Humans Dance?

Why DO humans dance? You might think this question would be an easy one to answer. It isn’t!

Music Therapy Activities Wiki

Learn more about music therapy, the value of music therapists and how music therapists envision and develop music therapy strategies. MusicTherapyActivities.Wikia.com is an encyclopedic collection of therapeutic music activities, indexed by goal and objective—and it will help you understand more about the range of this dynamic approach to health.

The Internet Is Not a Playground

Browsing online can be a wonderful thing—until it's not such a wonderful thing.

Discover the Joy of Missing Out

Turn down the noise from our wired world to reconnect with your true self and your true life.

High School and Beyond

As a parent, you understand the desire to help your child succeed in the world and have the best future possible. Many parents dream their child will be successful, obtain postsecondary education, excel academically and most of all: find a career that is rewarding and satisfying. After all, isn't that the American dream?

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' adoption provided an environment that helped him become the co-founder and major influence of Apple Computers, but his genetic inheritance was also crucial.

Why Create Minor Characters in a Novel, Story or Essay?

By Sheila Kohler on March 30, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
Russian stories are often filled with a vast number of minor characters whose names we may find difficult to pronounce or remember. So why does Turgenev, for example, in a short story like Mumu ( 1854) give us not only his main character,Gerasim, the wonderful deaf and dumb serf, but the woman he belongs to, as well as a tailor, Kapiton Klimov who is a sad drunkard.

Positive Thinking: A Brief User's Guide

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Innovation You
The challenge is a seeming paradox: generate positivity and then control that same positivity. The art of smart optimism is a careful balancing act, a measure of enthusiasm and restraint--a flash of a dream with a dose of reality.

Can You Stop Thinking?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Out of the Darkness
Why do our minds chatter away so much? Why involuntary mental chatter is bad for us, and how can we quieten it.

Do You Feel Inadequate? Good.

Feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt have a positive side. If we want to be more creative, perhaps instead of building our self-confidence, we should be nurturing our feelings of inadequacy?

Why Candy Crush Is Like Life

By Matthew Hutson on March 29, 2015 in Psyched!
Candy Crush is a lot like life. I don’t mean to say life is just a grid of colorful confections waiting to be destroyed by your pointer finger; I mean to say they both rely on the same set of cognitive processes. Here’s a rundown.

How To Keep The Reader Reading

By Sheila Kohler on March 29, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
Suspense often lies in putting a vulnerable creature into a dangerous position. Thus it comes from within ( the vulnerability) and without ( the outer danger) or to put it differently from the character, himself, or from the world outside him.

When You Ask a Child to Sing ….

Researchers in Canada and Japan asked preschoolers (4 and 5 year olds) to create a song.Their results reveal some interesting differences about children’s education and about cultural expectations and differences.

No Substitute for “Real” Relationships

Studies confirm that things, money, material riches are not the solution to human longing. Despite unprecedented affluence, health care, and technological advances, few--even among the best off elites--claim to be truly satisfied. What really matters requires riches of the heart, riches of the spirit.