Essential Reads


Can Conformity Be Creative?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Creativity for You
You want to be original and creative. Can copying someone else's example actually help you do that?

The Artistic Side of Artificial Intelligence

By John Nosta on March 22, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need a portrait? Your fine artist might just be a computer.
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Walking Meetings? Proceed With Caution

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Creativity for You
The benefits of walking meetings have been widely discussed. But they're not always the right choice. Find out why.

What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Curious?
Great strides have been made in psychology. No longer is it acceptable to run an experiment with 30 college students. But here we take a closer look at the questions being asked...

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Savoring Joy: Slow Down Time

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you find that time goes too quickly? One way to slow down time is to recount the memories of our past. This can be done through writing and also by being mindful of each minute.
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Do Psychiatrists Write Good Novels?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on December 12, 2016 in On Call
Novels by psychiatrists - here are three good ones!

Twin Research and the Arts: How Are They Connected?

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on December 10, 2016 in Twofold
Which comes first? The science or the work of art?

A Science-y Take on Time Travel Needn't Break Your Brain

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Time travel isn't possible, says science, unless some currently unimaginable things happen. But don't let that dim your pleasure in the fantasy. An expert guide helps.

Start a Bonfire of Change

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
Do you feel your company is becoming less competitive? Identify your Progenitors, the people who act like sparks to ignite bonfires of change.

Dreaming in the Library of Babel

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Borges' story describes the plight of librarians seeking to understand an infinite library containing both gibberish and useful information.

Holiday Party Attire: Captivate Through Creativity and Class

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
Out of the office but on the clock? Take advantage of the opportunity to dress to impress, making your holiday party the most wonderful workplace celebration of the year.

Excellence Gaps In Education: A Major, But Solvable, Problem

Are talented but disadvantaged students performing lower than their full potential? And if so, what can we do to help them?

Poetry In a Time of Crisis

Poetry is a place where we can preserve our imaginations, as well as necessary silence.

Deadlines and the Pacing of Creative Projects

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What pacing best gives your creative process the space and freedom it needs?

Finding Gratitude in Mistakes

By Julie K. Hersh on December 03, 2016 in Struck By Living
Are you having trouble coping with the holiday family get togethers? This might help.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"

Art Therapy and Fear: Acknowledging the Dread

When fear is the dominant narrative, a few creative practices may help. Here are some recommendations for assisting those most vulnerable to trauma at this critical time.

The Dangerous “Reveries” of HBO's Westworld Series

By Amy Fries on November 28, 2016 in The Power of Daydreaming
What do Stephen Hawking and HBO's new series Westworld have in common? Dire warnings of ways in which artificial intelligence can learn to out-maneuver us.

Need a Creativity Boost? Try This New Multi-Pronged Approach

By Christopher Bergland on November 28, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Groundbreaking research pinpoints the building blocks of creativity. If you want to increase your creative activity—this multi-faceted checklist can serve as a valuable resource.

Writing the Truth With Empathy and Ethics

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Rebecca Skloot’s masterpiece on Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa story is also a study in the difficult art of sticking to the facts.

A Hopeful Right Turn in Treating Addictions

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Listen Up!
Tired of the unhelpful stigma and shaming surrounding addiction treatment? Here's a different approach.

For Christmas, I Gave My Child An Empty Box

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
This Black Friday, avoid the mall. Instead, give your child gifts this Christmas that build real creativity and are good for them, physically and intellectually.

Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

By Drew Boyd on November 21, 2016 in Inside the Box
Mankind has used patterns for thousands of years to solve problems and innovate. Learn how to reapply those patterns to anything you want to innovate.

5 Lessons About Success from Nobel Laureates

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Nobel laureates are frequently asked their secret to winning a Nobel Prize. Read what guest blogger David Pratt learned by examining laureates' lives.


By Graham Collier on November 18, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Has the vast range of information available these days intensified a general level of curiosity or not?

The Soothing Balm of Music

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Your Musical Self
Music can help us cry, grieve, and ultimately feel relief. Here are 9 ways to harness that.

Digging Deep

By The Book Brigade on November 17, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Digging in the garden may be the perfect antidote to our tech-heavy times. It connects us not only to the natural world but also to our inner selves.

Big Mistake: Small Kids Left to Their Own Devices

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on November 16, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Screens blot out the lived-in world of people and things, increasingly leading to narcissism, reduced empathy, and low self-esteem.

The True Outlaw Attraction of the Heartbreakers

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Brick by Brick
In 1975, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan joined Richard Hell and Walter Lure to form the Heartbreakers — “the first great punk rock supergroup.”

Solving the Mystery of the Angel of the Asphalt

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Play in Mind
Most of us can look back, and with good reason, wonder how we ever survived our childhoods.
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Lessons from the Trump Campaign

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Play in Mind
The bully’s sneer provides the age-old cue: Glee tinged with cruelty is not play.

Why “Doing Nothing” Improves Productivity and Well Being

By Ray Williams on November 09, 2016 in Wired for Success
There’s compelling evidence that slowing down and actually "doing nothing" can actually improve productivity and increase happiness.

Initial Letter Logic Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Brain Workout
Life is hectic. Doing word puzzles such as the initial letter logic ones may help make your daily hassles more bearable. They are their own reward.