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Recent Posts on Creativity

A Map for Engineering Your Next Innovation [Infographic]

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Innovation You
In my own work strategizing innovation practices for some of the worlds biggest and best companies, I use the Innovation Genome to find this place of positive tension.

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2015 Tracking Wonder
Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 23, 2015 Tracking Wonder
Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Why It's Imperative to Teach Entrepreneurship

By Tina Seelig on August 21, 2015 CreativityRulz
Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities.

Make It a Happy Start to School: Our Top 10 Secrets

Here are some ideas for parents who want to ease their child’s return to the classroom. There are thoughts on planning ahead, paying close attention, nurturing creativity, being reassuring, making real-world connections, encouraging exploration, supporting good work habits, making time for play, finding a healthy balance, and advocating as needed.

Why Does Overthinking Sabotage the Creative Process?

Neuroscientists have identified why overthinking can undermine the creative process.

This Can Give You the Advantage in Online Dating

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 Love, Digitally
Artistic and creative pursuits predict mating success Art, music or humour, are the modern day human equivalent to the peacock’s tail

Find Flow Through a Camera Lens

Flow happens when you lose your sense of self, and many artists, including photographers, mean that quite literally.

What Should I Do With My Life?

This question can give us heartache, whether we are in our twenties or sixties. Having no idea what to do next hurts, even as it might excite us on some level. Whether graduating from college or retiring from a long career, the road ahead may seem intimidating in its blankness. Freedom is supposed to be so desirable, yet its reality is often heavy with perplexing dilemmas.

When the Creativity Researcher Goes Back to Being Creative

By James C Kaufman on August 17, 2015 And All That Jazz
For half of me, this is a dream come true. I’m revisiting my musical and reworking the script with my director Valeria and rewriting some songs with my composer Michael. The other half of me is feeling impostor syndrome for the first time since grad school – what the hell am I doing?

When Nobody Wants Your Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 17, 2015 Innovation You
Everywhere you look, you'll see this wildly contradictory set of desires and feelings toward change. We hate traffic jams, but we refuse to try self-driving cars. We dream of improving the quality and length of our lives, but we're reluctant to tamper with the genetic triggers of a disease.

Exploring the Psychology of Fine Artists in the Digital Age

We are saturated by the media, in the form of advertisements and the Internet selling us unlimited number of programs, supplements, systems, and medications to address this triad. But, what about exposure to the fine arts? Can art influence our psychological and physiological wellness?

Cognitive Signatures of Creativity and Genius

By Kaja Perina on August 14, 2015 Brainstorm
Dr. Albert Rothenberg articulates cognitive processes that undergird breakthrough discoveries and the most inventive minds.

What Men Owe Their Mothers

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 Listen Up!
Beyond the sentimental stereotypes, there is a deep relationship between men and their mothers. And it can be hard for a man to acknowledge that debt without again feeling like a little boy clustered around a woman's skirt.

Creating Your Soul in Every Moment

If you think of your soul as the essence of “who” you are, then it opens the possibility that you can create this essence just as you create many other aspects of your life: what you do with your life, your values, what you consider virtues, etc. So in contemplating this notion I realized that not only do we create our lives, we also have the ability to create who we are,

4 Creative Ways to Become a Better Manager

By Victor Lipman on August 14, 2015 Mind of the Manager
To develop managers, we tend to focus on a relatively predictable skill set. These four less expected, creative approaches can help improve management performance. It's not about sensitivity, it's about productivity.

Woody, Again - Irrational Man

The talented Woody Allen has entertained fans with a new film each year for nearly half a century. But just when his career is at its prime, the reprisal of old, denied, and never proved molestation charges by his still bitter ex-lover Mia Farrow and company has left his personal reputation newly tarnished, and threatens to dent the box office appeal of his films.

The Creativity Crisis and What You Can Do About It

By Jason Powers M.D. on August 13, 2015 Beyond Abstinence
The creativity crisis has clear ramifications as our world grows more complex. An IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the most crucial factor for future success. In fact, creativity is now seen as more important than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision. Part of maintaining a healthy, creative climate is avoiding addictive behaviors.

Jung’s Scarab as a Psychotherapeutic Technique

Jung’s patient described her dream of a golden scarab as Jung tried to break through her rigid rationality. As he fervently hoped for the unexpected, he responded to a tapping sound at his window and produced the world’s best known synchronicity.

9 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Chances For Success

Many new parents may be too busy to realize it, but Tovah Klein of Columbia University argues that “the ages from two to five are crucial for your child’s long-term healthy development and success—for laying the foundation of who they will become over time.” Here are 9 ways to improve your child's chances for success from "the toddler whisperer."

Countering Sad Artist Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 How To Do Life
Artistic people have reason for malaise but there are solutions.

The Intuitive Parent

The Intuitive Parent: Finding your own parent style while tuning in to your child

Learn More About "Nothing"

If you're a fan of playful philosophical exploration, a little-known series of talks on DVD is sure to provide creative inspiration.

The Three Realities of Innovators

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 10, 2015 Innovation You
Innovators do not work alone. They may start with a vision, but it takes a team of people to turn that vision into something bigger.

How Does Your Giftedness Affect Your Career?

With today’s emphasis on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the workplace shouldn’t being gifted be an advantage? The simple answer is “yes”-- but it’s not that simple.

Top 3 Tips for “Fantasy-Prone” Writers

The so-called fantasy-prone person is actually a repository of hidden talents.

ADHD "Symptoms" Are Advantages for the Entrepreneur

For the entrepreneur, ADHD traits can be superpowers in disguise.

What Do You Look Like When You’re Bored?

By Peter Toohey on August 06, 2015 Annals of the Emotions
What does it look like to be bored, to be melancholy or depressed, or even just to be thinking? In photography, in art, and in real-life there are often striking similarities. There's usually a head-on-the-hand. But there are some differences and that's what I'll try to show you here. See if you can spot them at the next meeting you attend.

The Underrated Importance of Being Playful

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 06, 2015 On Having Fun
What if playfulness were a survival skill?