Essential Reads

Interdisciplinary Education and the Student Voice

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Interdisciplinary education and practice implies certain qualities. Students highlight the importance of four qualities: openness, creativity, bridging, and perspective-taking.
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The Collaborative Error That's Killing Innovation

By John Nosta on April 17, 2017 in The Digital Self
The problem with conventional collaboration is that it often drives us to more of an intellectual average than to true innovation.

Imagination Helps You Be Patient

A new study finds that imagination trumps willpower when it comes to waiting for bigger payoffs — but is choosing to wait for a larger reward always in your best interest?

Speeding Up Your Creativity by Slowing Down

New research on making creative headway through attentive looking

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The Chaos of Neal Barnard

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Neal Barnard has never been one to accept the status quo.

Tools That Aid Expert Decision Making

Critics want to automate the tasks of experts. Three reasons to keep experts central in decision making: Frontier thinking, social engagement, and responsibility for their actions.

Trick Yourself Into Writing More With This Easy Tip

Here's a secret: The more you write, the more you want to write. The more you will write.

Team Player: Professor Shiller and Finance as Panacea

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Is modern finance a kind of engineering? Does it really power the economy? How big should the finance industry be?

Better Learning Through Recess

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Play in Mind
The nation will pay for devaluing play.

The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence

How long should you stick with searching for ideas – and why?

Let Go of Your Big Goals and Focus on This Instead

On my whiteboard in my office, I’ve written, “One thing at a time. First things first. Start now.” Below that, I’ve added, “Baby Steps. Just Begin."

Toward Integration: Mental Health Defined

We're all familiar with mental health issues or symptoms. But what does a mentally healthy brain look like? And how do we get there?

Matt North's Personal "Fallure"

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“Every good story starts from a wound.” This is how musician Matt North describes his approach to writing his first solo album.

Selling Mental Illness and Its Cure

By Stanton Peele on March 02, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Kay Jamison's presentation of her biography of poet Robert Lowell, "Setting the River on Fire," shortchanged his lived experience and creativity in favor of his mental illness.
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Writers: How to Be Fired Up, Not Burned Out

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Starting something new is not the only way to get excited about writing again. Here are some reflections about how to find flow.

Chandler Travis Is Happy Being Hopelessly Out of Step

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Chandler Travis's music career has spanned over forty years, including as a member of Travis, Shook and the Club Wow (with Steven Shook).

Who Are You Really? Do You Know?

The beauty of being a writer is that you don’t have to choose. If you've been struggling with your identity as a writer and finding out what you were meant to write, read this.

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

By Jennifer Haupt on March 01, 2017 in One True Thing
Kristina Baker Kline reveals the story behind an Andrew Wyeth painting that inspired her new novel, "A Piece of the World."

Mark Stewart's Faith Is Room For Doubt

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Mark Stewart of the band The Pop Group told me, “People for some reason say that my stuff is prescient.”

Moving Out of Life as a Lab Rat

"Lab rat living" feels as if you are “doing time.” There is no psychological engagement with the world, resulting in a limited range and depth of your emotional experiences.

Art Therapy’s Ethical Responsibility

A White House spotlight on art therapy generates some illuminating ethics questions for all helping professionals.

Don't Let Them Kill Your Dreams

By Mridu Khullar Relph on February 27, 2017 in Culturally Incorrect
Why does everyone try to dissuade you from expressing your true desires? Here's how to keep those negative voices out of your head and truly go after your big goals and desires

Gaining a Window on the World

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Can modern telecommunications solve the problem of social isolation in seniors? A new innovation by Swiss researchers making staying in touch easier than ever.

Kenneth Arrow

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Feeling Smart
From the Impossibility Theorem to Ken's WWII story.
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The Tony Romo Dilemma

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 23, 2017 in Co-Parent Problems
Using a salient sports topic, I describe a framework for effectively resolving stressful dilemmas.

Funny Philosophers

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Play in Mind
Can philosophers afford to be funny when asking the ultimate questions about life, the universe, and everything?

George Newbern is an Acting Animal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“He’s psychotic. He’s an assassin. He’s not a normal person.” This is how actor George Newbern describes his character “Charlie” on ABC’s Scandal.

Creating and Collaborating Broadens Street Art's Reach

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 22, 2017 in Life, Refracted
On Feb. 21, 2017 the New York Times noted the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center had invited renowned street artists to express themselves inside and legally. Reach expands again.

Trivia Quiz: How Well Do You Know Psychology’s Pioneers?

When he delivered his now classic book to his publisher, which author apologized that it was a "loathsome, distended, tumefied, bloated, dropsical mass?"

Highly Creative People Have Well-Connected Brain Hemispheres

By Christopher Bergland on February 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
People who are highly creative have better connectivity between the left and right brain hemispheres, according to a new study by a team of international researchers.

Drug Use And Creativity

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in In Excess
A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

6 Tips Toward Getting Your Book Published

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 20, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Anyone serious about turning written work into actual books must do a lot of research into the realities of publishing before sending anything into the world. Here are 6 tips.

Creative Thinking is no Longer an Option, It's Essential

The future belongs to creative thinkers. The real currency of our time isn't money, it's ideas. You need to become an ideas generator whatever field you work in.

In Defense of Duty

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
Duty and responsibility have lost stature to autonomy and creativity--Alas.