Essential Reads

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Both genes and environment help account for Jobs's success.

Positive Thinking: A Brief User's Guide

Positivity will lift your spirits, but will it lead to meaningful change?

The Future Has Come and Gone: You Just Missed It

There is no data on the future where breakthrough innovation happens.

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

When creativity turns malevolent, you'll want to stay out of its way

Recent Posts on Creativity

The Battle For Our Youth

By Tim Elmore on February 19, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
I was stopped dead in my tracks one morning after reading an interview Steve Jobs

Why Education still (and always) Matters

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in The First Impression
What role should education be playing in American culture today?

How to Enhance Your Music Listening Experience

By Dr. Kimberly Sena Moore on February 18, 2015 in Your Musical Self
Have you ever reeeeally listened to the lyrics of a favorite song? It may make a difference in your listening experience. Research provides possible explanations as to why this matters.

How Hard Is It To Get Enough Exercise? Very Hard!

Exercise, schmexercise. The question is WHEN?

I’m Glad I Raised My Kids in the Flintstone Era

As I watch mothers who talk or text while they breast feed and fathers who read their emails despite the fact that their kids are practically ripping their shirts as they pull on them, I reminisce about raising my three beautiful sons. I couldn't use an iPad to babysit my kids, and that meant they were free to fully engage in imaginary and creative play.

10 Interesting Facts About Romantic Dating

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Curious?
Get information from a large, never to be published dataset on people's attitudes and behavior in romantic relationships

Why You Need a Book Doctor

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Before I hired a book doctor or would take the idea seriously, two or three interested agents had to urge me to get editing help. A new guidebook answers some of the many questions I had about paying for such help.

30 Ways to Prevent ADHD

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Suffer the Children
Here are 30 tips to keep ADHD at bay.

Critics Make the Best Innovation Evangelists

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Innovation You
If you don't encounter any resistance, then you're likely doing it wrong: you need to take more risks and increase the speed and magnitude of your project. The wonder of it all is that your most relentless adversary just might turn out to be your greatest ally.

How to Become the Most Attractive Job Candidate

By Erica Dhawan on February 16, 2015 in Accelerated Connectedness
We often think that because we have a great academic record or went to the right schools, we’ll be great at any job and will impress any potential boss. But, in today’s world, standing out takes much more than just relying on a good resume. The key is knowing your strengths and figuring out how they will fit into different work environments.

5 Tips about Writing and Health

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
Research on writing finds evidence of its positive influence on emotional and physical health.

Is College a Waste of Time and Money?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on February 15, 2015 in Digital Pandemic
Did you go to college. Do you wish everyone would. Or was your time and effort in college a mistake?

Sex After 50 Can Be the Best of Your Life

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 15, 2015 in All About Sex
Older lovers can have great sex—by turning intercourse into "outercourse."

Creativity and Multicultural Experiences

In a recent study, children whose parents were born in different countries were generally more creative than children whose parents were born in the same country. The mystery is why.

Fifty Grades of Shale

By Robert J King Ph.D. on February 14, 2015 in Hive Mind
50 Shades of Grey is part of a pattern of human behavior going back millennia

Keep Your Office Humming by Keeping Employees Engaged

It's hard to find time for things at work that don't demand instant attention. Nurturing your workforce is one of the most difficult, but it can pay dividends if you do it right, and kill your organization is you don't.

Why Do We Dream?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Many scientists studying sleep and dreams believe that dreaming does have a purpose.

Physics and Poetry: A Polymath’s Creative Strategy

Where do successful individuals find inspiration and energy to do the things they do? Some may harbor their forces, focused on a single passion. Yet others take on multiple problems or even multiple careers. What? They let a hobby eat up their time? They split their energies between two careers? How does that enable success?

Your Dark Side’s Upside

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
Why you might add some societally discouraged behaviors to your toolkit.

Joni Mitchell on New York Magazine: Is The Photo Disturbing?

I hope to see my idols looking and sounding as if they are enjoying themselves as they reach the season of harvest (not so very far away from any of us). That's what I long for but very rarely see.

9 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Workplace Romance

Flirtation, sex, and love might be tempting when you and a colleague share a mutual attraction. But is it a good idea?

The Science of Raising Happily Productive Kids: A Podcast

Intelligence and creativity are controversial topics, with expert opinion ranging widely in a number of directions. In this podcast, Scott Barry Kaufman and I discuss some of these controversies. In response to his thoughtful questions, I provide some practical suggestions for parents and teachers who want to support kids in living happily productive lives.

Feeling Powerful vs. Being Powerful

Most anger and resentment are attempts to feel powerful at the cost of being powerful.

The Catch-Phrase Technique

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 11, 2015 in A Sideways View
People often won't tell you what really motivates them. Many can't tell you because they do not have insight into their motives. Over the years, psychologist have tried to invent simple and efficient techniques that assess what people really think. One such is the catch-phrase technique.

7 Tips for Getting Booked on TV Talk Shows

By Judy Carter on February 10, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Want to REALLY get your career moving? Here are seven insider tips to get you booked on national TV as an expert.

Feminist Pedagogy in the Classroom

By APA Division 15 on February 10, 2015 in PsychEd
One way to integrate critical thinking into classrooms is through feminist teaching. But, what is feminist teaching? How can educators use feminist teaching as a means to bring critical thinking to classrooms?

The Celestine Prophecy

By The Book Brigade on February 10, 2015 in The Author Speaks
We all start off as nonbelievers, says James Redfield. But if we open ourselves to the spirituality just below the surface of our everyday challenges, interesting things start to happen. We become more intuitive. And we get luckier.

Why You Should Have More Workplace Accidents

Accidents will help you survive and thrive at work.

Are You Raising a Couch Potato?

Do you ever wonder why some kids become unmotivated—why they would rather doze off in front of the TV instead of working toward a personal goal? Learn how initiative is developed and fostered through specific types of experiences—most of which happen outside of school!

Same Sex Marriage Has Opened Doors for All of US

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W. on February 09, 2015 in Quite Queerly
The new paradigm of marriage explodes restrictive categories and in their place offers greater freedom for both gay and straight couples.