Essential Reads

Psychosis Sucks!

Antipsychiatry and the romanticization of mental illness

The Inverse Innovation Cycle: How Failure Becomes Success

There's something that leaders don't tell you about success.

The Top 9 Reasons I Hate Anxiety

Here are the top 9 reasons I hate anxiety--and you should too!

Do Generations Exist?

Are generations caricatures or are they drivers of social and cultural change?

Recent Posts on Creativity

Recipes for Creative Genius

Here’s why the top 5 mental focus hacks might not be working for you.

Can Other People Make You Less Creative?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Mindbloggling
Do you sometimes feel more creative when you are alone? Though it is widely believed that stimulating environments enhance creativity this is not always the case. People may send out social signals to each other to conform, thereby ensuring that creativity--the process that fuels cultural novelty--is balanced by conformity--the process that perpetuates successful novelty.

Ambitunity: Ambition Plus Opportunity Yields Trailblazers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
An early Irish detective saw the value of science for investigation. Ignoring resistance, he established one of the world's top murder squads.

My Seven Healthy Obsessions

By Jennifer Haupt on February 06, 2015 in One True Thing
Cooking has always been celebrity chef Jesse Schenker's first passion and true "addiction." After getting out of jail, he flipped the switch and put the same tenacity and passion that he had for drugs into his cooking. Here are some of his other healthy habits he's become addicted to.

Mindfulness and Acting

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in The Mind On Stage
We often ask "but what is acting" or "what are actors actually doing?" Perhaps the answer is "being mindful".

What Straight Couples Can Learn from Gay Couples

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
Ten things that gay couples know that every couple should learn. Gay couples often have had to fight for their relationship against great odds: the upside is they know how to do it and why it is worth it.

You Are Your Story

By Judy Carter on February 05, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Someone will tell your life story—at your funeral. Don't you want to tell your OWN story BEFORE then, and tell it well?

Leading From the Heart

What makes a good leader and can we learn those skills as adults?

What I’ve learned from learning the Ukulele

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Listen Up!
Sometimes our failures contain the seeds of our greatest successes. Consider what happened when I, yet again, decided to try and learn to play a musical instrument before it was too late.

Great Leaders: The Secret That Freud Understood

Want to know the secret to what makes a group tick or tumble? Look to Freud.

6 Ways to Tell How Bold You Are

Do you consider yourself an open-minded person? Are you willing to experiment in order to improve your life? Research on the personality shows that you don’t even have to change but you can benefit from being willing to keep an open mind.

Is Your Dream Too Expensive?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 03, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
Many of our aspirations are compensatory, making up for something that life is not providing. If our dream comes true, it’s often at the cost of what life was providing.

Ordinary Cruelty

By Bruce Poulsen Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Reality Play
What makes good people do bad things? Can ordinary people be induced into behaving immorally? A movie about the famous Stanford Prison Experiment recently premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Here are some reflections about the movie and our susceptibility to both altruism and cruelty.

A Foolish Football Call?

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Incompetence
Pete Carroll's decision to throw a goal line slant pass, which resulted in a game-ending interception, rather than hand the ball off to bruising running back Marshawn Lynch, is considered by most commenter to have been profoundly foolish. Use of a four-factor foolish action analytic framework, however, suggests it was not as foolish as it appeared to be at the time.

What Your Emotions Are Really Telling You, If You'll Listen

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Curious?
Get access to one of the newer topics in psychology - emotion differentiation, clarity, and complexity. Life is more than whether we feel negative or positive emotions, it is about how we describe, label, understand, regulate, and use these emotions.

Are We in Our Right Minds?

By Michael Corballis Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in The Recursive Mind
Let the mind exploit whatever realms of fancy it wanders into.

Why Courage Is More Important Than Creativity

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Innovation You
A crisis is the perfect start to your revolution. When an organization is at its most vulnerable point, it is also most poised to rebuild itself.

Quality Conversations

By Judith E Glaser on February 01, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
“To get to the next level of greatness, depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of the relationships, which depends on the quality of the conversations. Everything happens through conversations!” - Judith E. Glaser

Day 28: Seizing 9 Golden Meaning Opportunities

you increase your sense of wellbeing, improve your mental health, and experience life as more meaningful when you create your menu of meaning opportunities

The Mysterious Demise of Mr. Mojo Risin'

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 30, 2015 in Evil Deeds
What was Jim Morrison's state of mind at the time he died of an apparent drug and alcohol overdose in Paris? Existentialist Friedrich Nietzsche was his favorite philosopher. Had Morrison succumbed to nihilism and clinical despair?

Are You Too Busy to Be Yourself?

Are we so busy being busy that we've forgotten to be ourselves. One man found the answer.

Don Jones: Make Art (Therapy), Not War

Don Jones was part of a unique generation of individuals who simultaneously arrived at the idea of “art therapy" in the 1940s. His legacy and impact on mental health practice began when he became conscientious objector during World War II; that juncture not only changed his life, it set him on a path to help found a new field and profession.

Ride the Wave of Winter

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in Attention Training
You may notice that the way you feel during winter has developed into a sort of a pattern over the years.

Increase Your Trust Awareness with These Key Stakeholders

The challenges of diminished trust is a 21st-century business reality. But what are you doing about it? Here are seven trust realities leaders need to know.

Day 27: Releasing Grudges

How holding grudges can become a "distraction addiction" and harm our mental health

Creativity of Science Nobel Laureates and Other Prizewinners

The term creativity has been positively applied to a wide variety of actions and activities ranging from changing course or successfully making and doing something differently to the achievements of great art, literature, and science. The work described reports empirically discovered specific cognitive processes leading to outstanding creative achievements.

Day 26: Using Your Strengths In Addiction Recovery

Learn how to use your strengths to help deal with your addictive tendencies

Slow Down to Speed Up

By Stewart Friedman Ph.D. on January 27, 2015 in Work and Life
Work and Life perspectives: On the importance of recess for grown ups, too.

Everything Old Is New Again

Ever spent time and money attending a professional training while realizing "been there, done that?" You'd be surprised at what you can relearn from something that is remarkably familiar when you release your initial frustration and tear away at that unique and new packaging.

Brush with the Law: An Arts in Prison Program

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on January 27, 2015 in Art on Trial
Guest blogger and artist Maria Maneos describes the tragic impetus and the development of her innovative nonprofit Prison Art organization "Brush with the Law," and how it has brought about effective and healthy change in those inmates that participate.