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Faded Glory: What Can We Learn From the Formerly Famous?

Celebrities are exceptional individuals. Can we learn from how they cope when their glory fades?

Boredom and Its Perks

By Dena Kouremetis on February 09, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Bullies With a Cause

How do schools deal with nonconformists, and what happens when "excellent sheep" go to college?

How Psychologically Well Adjusted Are Gifted People?

From young to old gifted individuals are psychologically well adjusted.

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Producing TV's True Crime

Ed Hydock has been involved with true crime TV series for years, and he answers questions for viewers curious about the backstory of production.

A Message from the Muse

By Susan Rako M.D. on October 23, 2015 More Light
Unconscious processes work in mysterious ways. Do you know what it takes to realize your full creative and productive potential?

The Brutal Honesty of Hard Rock Songwriting

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 22, 2015 Brick by Brick
Nikki Sixx, Jacoby Shaddix, and Zoltan Bathory explain how they find their creative flow.

How I Do My Research: Is “Despite” Actually “Because?”

By Gretchen Rubin on October 20, 2015 The Happiness Project
If I’m stumped by something I see, I substitute “because” for “despite,” and see if a proposition makes sense.

Innovating Innovation Strategy, Part 1

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 19, 2015 Innovation You
Innovation is unlike all the normal things we do on an everyday basis. That's why the conventional strategies we bring to organizational management are inadequate. Innovation requires its own unique set of skills. It's not so much thinking outside of the box as it is redefining what that box is.

The Big Tent of Music Therapy

By Dean Olsher M.A., MT-BC on October 19, 2015 A Sound Mind
People ask me all the time, “How does music therapy work?” At first I start preparing an answer about its effectiveness. Quickly, though, it becomes clear they’re asking a question that seems simple but is in fact just as complicated.

Human Perfection

Just as one can perfect a golf swing, one can perfect life

Infographic: Recreating Your Company

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 Innovation You
Innovation is different from everything you do as a leader in three distinct ways. First, innovation happens in the future for which you currently have no data. In fact, one of the most common forms of resistance to innovation is excessive data collection because it stops your company from taking purposeful action. Second, innovation is a time-based form of value.

10 Bad Habits That Sometimes Do Us Good

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 In Excess
All of us have bad habits, and from time to time feel guilty about them. But some might actually have benefits for psychological or physical well-being. Here are my top 10

The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 12, 2015 The Happiness Project
If you’re a serious reader, it’s great to have a reliable source of recommendations

My Body Doesn't Like Pills

Sometimes patients feel uncomfortable about using a medical treatment, but they might not come right out and say so. Instead, they may develop various symptoms that seem to them to be allergy, or intolerance, or some other indication that they had better stop. Convincing them to continue, or finding an alternative, requires doctors to be alert, flexible, and sensitive.

Steve Jobs: Make People Happy via Products, Not Personally

By Stanton Peele on October 10, 2015 Addiction in Society
Steve Jobs and Sam, a local musician, have two different approaches to life. One wants to make people happy in his presence, the other by his presents, or products. Which approach is better?

Tickle Your Sense of Nostalgia

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 Creating in Flow
When you see images from books you read as a child, or read to your own kids when they were small, you may experience a particular kind of nostalgia. Here's a beautiful book for grown-ups that can do that for you...

Ghost Stories for Dogs

For Halloween, Ghosts of Gettysburg provides a unique socializing event for service pups in training.

Movies in Mind: Our Addiction to the Screen

By studying the allure of movies, we can learn much about how the mind works.

How to Stay at the Top of Your Game

Self care is important if you're going to be your best self, whether personally or professionally. Some quick ways to do it right now.

Purkinje Cells Burst to Life with State-Dependent Excitation

Neuroscientists have discovered that Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum toggle between a silent "down" state and a bursting "up" state depending on levels of electrical activity.

The Age of Decentralized, Distributed Knowledge

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Jacob's Staff
For centuries, the flow of information has followed the structure of organizations. This is no longer true. What changes have resulted from the explosion in connectivity and information-sharing? How are organizations and leadership struggling to cope? How will our lives be affected? What can we learn from the resistance to innovation/change?

Is Dance Religious?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 What a Body Knows
Is dance religious? The question has always troubled me. It presumes a definition of religion (as separate from dance) that has already proven instrumental in the attempted destruction of dance traditions around the globe. I prefer a different question: Is religion dance? Take the case of Ron Brown's dance "Journey of Great Mystery."

Bilateral Drawing: Self-Regulation for Trauma Reparation

Current trauma research indicates that bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movement desensitization (EMDR) and similar methods are effective for many individuals. But is there a more creative way to engage cross-hemisphere activity for reparation and recovery?

6 Things You’re Saying To Yourself That Are Holding You Back

By Mridu Khullar Relph on September 29, 2015 Culturally Incorrect
What are the things you say to yourself when no one’s listening? Recognize any of these?

Famous Replacement Children

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on September 28, 2015 In Flux
The replacement child is the product of many factors including unresolved parental grief, survivor guilt, and the search for an identity of their own apart from a deceased sibling. However, their special gifts and talents may set famous replacement children apart, helping them to creatively forge their own unique identity.

The Greatest Innovations Are the Ones You Don't See

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Innovation You
True innovation happens behind-the-scenes. Sure, new technologies and products and services that we perceive as breakthrough advancements look exciting, but the meaningful innovation is in the larger, more complicated processes that make those things possible.

Improve Your Memory: The Case Against Crosswords and Google

Do crosswords help improve cognitive functioning, or are you just strengthening a strength? And if you can’t recall some bit of information, should Google always be the answer?

Hatch Your Creativity

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Digital Altruism
Is it time to activate your creativity? Here's five factors to help you hatch!

"Sparking Creativity": Where Education Should Be Headed

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Inside Parenting
Why - and how - we can foster creativity in education? Thought leaders offer their take.

Yogi Berra’s Mis-Quotes: Why They’re So Comically Endearing

On the advent of Yogi Berras’ passing this week at the age of 90, it seemed fitting for me to pay tribute to him here. But not so much for his being a sterling Hall of Fame catcher who helped lead his beloved Yankees to ten World Series victories, as for his wacky but so “winning” malapropisms—which over the years have delighted millions. . . .

Art Therapy With Sex Offenders: Exposing the Fragile Self

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on September 24, 2015 Art on Trial
Guest blogger Cindy Chen focuses on the challenges of using art therapy with sex offenders to identify treatment barriers, build alliances and establish resiliency, and even to work with her own counter-transferential issues.

Scoping Out Sticky Songs

What makes songs too sticky? Exploring earworms—what they are and how you can get rid of them.

Mad Genius: Schizophrenia and Creativity

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 23, 2015 Hide and Seek
What, if anything, is the link between psychosis and creativity?