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Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation, Study Finds

We all know from life experience that creative expression makes us feel good. Now, a new study reaffirms that arts-based activities boost positive emotions and reduce negativity.
Roberta Satow

Writing as Self Development

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Life After 50
How does writing promote the self development?

The Invisible Crisis that Threatens the Auto Industry

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Innovation You
China’s expenditures for research and development, and the patents awarded for innovations, have significantly outpaced our own.

Can Job Autonomy Be a Double-Edged Sword?

In addition to its many benefits, job autonomy can lead to unethical behavior.

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How to Slow Down Time

Do you feel that time seems to be going more quickly as you get older? If yes, there are a few things you can do to slow down time. Most of the suggestions focus on mindfulness.

Arrival

How the feminine saves the world.

Remember Anna Freud?

By Marty Babits on May 15, 2017 in The Middle Ground
Remember Anna Freud? A new exhibit brings her brilliance alive.

The Subtle Impact of “Pomp and Circumstance”

You can’t attend graduation without hearing Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” trio. Here’s four reasons why this tune remains a significant part of the commencement experience.

Key To Effective Decision Making: Constructive Controversy

Most important decisions are made by groups in which there are strong pressures to agree with high power persons and to not risk offending anyone by disagreeing with their ideas.

Who Writes (and Reads) Sexually Explicit Fanfic?

Psychologists in Canada have investigated how and why we lust after sexy fan-created works of fiction.

Our Secret Life in Bathrooms

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Design on My Mind
The bathroom can conjure up images of birth, of the beginning, of water which we must cross, of water in which we may be purified: The bathroom of the hero/ine's journey.

The Blockchain Is Being Under-Hyped

By Moses Ma on May 09, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Is the blockchain actually being overhyped? Or underhyped? Here's a deep dive into the three waves of blockchain innovation about the hit the global business infrastructure...
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The Creative Process of Psychotherapy

Effective psychotherapy is a mutual creative process between therapist and patient.

Compound Word Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on May 09, 2017 in Brain Workout
Compound word puzzles are interesting in themselves but also show how things in the world are essentially combinations of other things.

How to Bolster Your Experience of Creative Flow

Are you recognizing what really energizes your creative making?

The Karma of Creativity

By Jennifer Haupt on May 07, 2017 in One True Thing
You volunteer, help others, treat the barista with respect, and try to be kind, and when you sit down to write, your imagination turns on like a friendly lightning bolt.

A New (and Deeper) Perspective on Creativity

How do you activate your psychological six-pack?

Get Fluent in Life: Learn How, Why, and Ways to Do It Better

What do you wish you'd had the opportunity, the talent, the strength, and the discipline to place into your life's intellectual carry-on?

Slam Poetry Facilitates Sharing Stories of Mental Illness

Sharing poetry can build self-esteem and promote self-love in both speakers and audience members, and can be a form of therapy to treat anxiety and depression.

Dreams Aren't Child's Play, or Are They?

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Evolving Minds
Can we ever understand the mystery of dreams? What children's play can reveal about the nature of dreaming.

Seed

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story

Finding Meaning After Losing Faith

Young people who question everything may be born into communities that insist it is wrong to doubt their religion. Here's the story of one who got away and found his own meaning.

Reality Lies Beyond What We Can Perceive

Locked away inside a silent, dark skull, your brain knows nothing about the physical world except what it constructs from data enter along different cables from various sensors.

How to Think Our Way Out of a Nightmare Future

Think The Handmaid's Tale is a little too close to home? Maybe it's time we all took stock of these bad habits.

Richard Edwards Asks You to Not Throw Jonah Off the Ship

“I mean you are dying essentially.”

A Day in the Cage With Comedian Josh Blue

“When I was doing it, I was doing it from the perspective of what it’s like to be an imprisoned animal. But then what I realized later was that it was a metaphor for my body."

Making Mozzarella: The Process of Not Being Perfect

I embark upon this process of making mozzarella again and again without knowing for sure whether or not the cheese will be perfect. And that is OK with me.

Are Accusations of Cultural Appropriation Misguided?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Mindbloggling
When Newton said he saw further by standing on the shoulders of giants what mattered was that he assimilated these 'giants' ideas perhaps more deeply than their own biological kin.

How Cinema Cinema Stays in the Equation

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“Every night we are going to play to the point where we try to die.”

The World’s First Music Therapist

A search into unexpected texts reveals an early account of music therapy dating back several thousand years.

Daily Routines of Creative People

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on April 27, 2017 in Hot Thought
Most people have daily routines and rituals. According to a recent book, mornings are important productive times for many famous writers and other creative people.

Mona Haydar Speaks Your Language

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Haydar is no ordinary artist, and the concept behind Haydar’s first single, “Hijabi,” is anything but common.

Life of Agony Never Stopped Dreaming

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“The most fond memories I have from the old days are of Joey and I sitting at his mom’s kitchen table in the middle of the night, eating pasta, drawing on a notebook our stage plan

Play: A Different Perspective

Much has been studied and written about play, and we would like to consider play from a somewhat different perspective, namely, that of affect theory.